Family jewellers celebrates 50 years
PUBLISHED: 08:00 12 April 2015
A FAMILY-RUN jewellers in Weston is celebrating its 50th anniversary this month.
Leonard Couch Jewellers, in St James Street, has been run by the Sayer family since they moved into the premises in 1965.
But the Sayer & Sons name goes back much further than that, as it was first established as a jewellery business in Skegness in 1896.
Leonard Couch is now run by Linda Barrett, and her two children Charlotte and David.
Linda said: “It was my great-grandfather who started up the business in 1896 in Skegness.
“The business was then taken over my grandfather and then his son, my father.
“We moved to Weston in 1965 and my father, Tony Sayer, took over Leonard Couch that year.
“I was only 10 at the time, so I have grown into it and known it all my life.”
The business specialises in rare and unusual gemstones, but also sells clocks, jewellery boxes, watches and silver gifts.
The family has remained in the same building since 1965, and Linda’s brother John also runs a jewellers in Wells.
Linda said: “We did change a lot when we first moved in because there was a lot of black paint which had not been touched since the 1920s, so we gutted it and removed it.
“It is pretty much the same now apart from the floor and we have kept it up-to-date.
“We have tried to modernise all the way along.”
Linda said the key to the company’s success has been its customer service.
She said: “We always go the extra mile to help our customers.
“The best part is meeting the public and getting to know them. It is quite interesting with all the different stories we hear.
“Everybody has their own little story to tell, and it is generally a lovely trade to be in.
“It’s nice when someone brings in an old piece which means a lot to them for repair and they want it renovating.
“We can bring it back to new for them and it’s really pleasing.”