RICH HISTORY: Anna Coomber, owner Carol Schefe and Sabrina Khan will be celebrating Coomber Bros centenary milestone on July 27.
RICH HISTORY: Anna Coomber, owner Carol Schefe and Sabrina Khan will be celebrating Coomber Bros centenary milestone on July 27. Lucy Rutherford

Coomber Bros hits centenary milestone

CELEBRATING a centenary is a milestone very few business owners in a small town will experience, but Carol and Gary Schefe will be doing just that on July 27.

The jewellery store has passed through several generations, starting with brothers Stanley Edward and Ronald Alexander Coomber, who purchased the jewellery business in 1919, with a loan of 200 pounds from their father.

On February 5, 2007, the Schefes took on the business.

"It's a pretty incredible thing for a store in a small town to hit 100 years - we're proud to be part of such a rich history," Carol said.

"When buying the store, we knew we had a big responsibility to keep the store successful.

"Over the past decade, we've grown the business quite a lot, and now have customers all over Australia."

With no jewellery or retail experience 13 years ago, Carol and Gary have been taken on the life journey and helped celebrate major milestones with their customers.

"One guy we designed his engagement ring for rang us a few years later and asked us to make something for his new baby," Carol said.

"We try really hard to fit around someone's budget because we want them to walk out feeling amazing with their purchase.

"We even have customers travelling from Mt Isa or contacting us from Brisbane despite having local stores in their towns because they've heard about us from their friend."

When the store hosts its 100 years celebration on July 27, a half carat diamond will be given away.

A raffle will also be drawn on the night to win another half-carat diamond, with all proceeds going to "Are You Bogged Mate," a charity set up for rural men's mental health.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at www.coomberbrosjewellers.ezregister.com before Monday, while raffle tickets can be bought in store.

 

Coomber Bros in 1919 before it burnt down. The original building was where Toyworld is now.
Coomber Bros in 1919 before it burnt down. The original building was where Toyworld is now. contributed

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