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POST-GAZETTE, APRIL 4, 2014 Page 5 The Jewelry Box Sharing Happiness Since 1977 by Bobby Franklin Within about two minutes of my conver- sation with Tom Yourawski, the owner of the Jewelry Box in Revere, I felt as if I was talking to an old friend. Tom, or "Uncle Tommy" as he is known by his customers, went into the jewelry business in 1977 after a career as an insurance underwriter. He tells me "I was replaced by a computer, so along with a friend, we started selling jewelry at flea markets. Not long after I opened the Jewelry Box at its first location on Squire Road in Revere. A while later I bought a building at 345 Broadway in Revere where it has been ever since." "Uncle Tommy" has seen" the business change over the years. "The pawn shop reality shows have had an "influence on the way people buy and sell. Costume jewelry is now more popular, and I am doing more buy- ing then in the past. The fact that I own the building means I have much lower overhead then the other dealers, so I am able to pass that savings on to my customers both when I am selling to and buying from them. My customers are family to me. I now have the children and grandchildren coming in. It is 'Such a great feeling_.ta.geLinvited to their weddings." At this point I no longer feel like I am talking to a businessman, but more like I am talking to Uncle Tommy, a guy with a very large family that .is very dear to him. Tom goes out of his way to make sure his customers, (sorry, his family), remains happy. A young man purchasing an engage- ment ring for the love of his life may be deal- ing with some anxiety over whether or not his future bride vHll like it. "I just tell him to buy it, we can exchange it if she isn't happy with it." Tom Yourawski grew up in the North End of Boston, his mother was Italian, and he served as an altar boy at St. Mary's Church www. depasq ualeventu res. corn Jewelry Box owner, Tom Yourawski with his grandson Justin Puopolo. (Photo by Rosario Scabin, Ross Photography) Tom is doing more buying these days as people bring in jewelry and coins they have owned or inherited. "They are often sur- prised by how much they are able to get for these items. One guy came in with four krugerrands, I sold him a number of years back for 835.00 each. He walked out with $15,000.00 that I gave him for the lot." Now that's a nice deal. Tom's grandson Justin Puopolo is now very involved in the business along with Lisa Avolo and Darlene D'Amico. It is a small on Stillman Street. He may have been an aRa/r bO'y, 'but iie: waSn't always aft :angel.~ He operation but they all share Tom's enthusi- remembers one time when he and some asm for the trade. "There aren't many small mom and pop type businesses around any longer. We love to keep everyone happy. Giving back and sharing with the commu- nity is something I believe in. I love being involved and staying connected to my cus- tomers. Yes, they truly are family to me. I live a great life and am truly blessed." After having this conversation with Uncle Tommy I realized I wasn't talking to a guy who sells rings and coins, I was talking to a guy who shares happiness. He's a lucky guy. with an incredible family, and they are just as lucky to have him. The Jewelry Box is located 345 Broadway,- Revere. For more info call 781-28.6.-2274 or http: / / friends snuck into the Boston Garden. They weren't sure what event they were going to take in but were in for a surprise. "We got in and everywhere we looked we saw cops. We felt like we had walked into a trap, there were hundreds of them. It turns out it was the Policemen's Ball. We got out of there fast." Uncle Tommy may have had a few youth- ful indiscretions, but he believes in giving back to the community. St. Anthony's Church in Revere has a small jewelry de- partment at their Saturday flea market and he donates items to it. "I ask them to say a prayer for me every time they sell some- thing I gave them." Bricco Boutique ItolionCuisine 241 Hanover St. * 617.248.6800 Bricco Ponefferio Homemade Artisan Breads 241 Hanover St. * 617.248.9859 Trattoria II Panino Boston's Ist Original Trattoria 11 Parmenter St. * 617.720.1336 Quattro Grill, Rosticceria & Pizzeria 266 Hanover St. 617.720.0444 GiGi Gelateria 50 Flavors of Homemade Gelato 272 Hanover St. 64 Cross St. 617.720.4243 N.E. 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