In 1959, Ed Sykes signed the final ownership agreement with a Parker Pen, thus providing the name of his new jewelry store. Ed, known throughout Salem County as “Mr. Parker,” had an idea that his jewelry store would be more about building relationships than building a bank account. Parker Jewelers continues to grow on that foundation.
In 2007, Ed Sykes handed the crown off to Cheryl Turner, his employee of 17 years. Cheryl bought Parker Jewelers with the condition that Ed would remain forever! So, although he passed in June 2022 at 99 years of age, we honor his memory by giving the same kindness and respect that has been a staple of Parker Jewelers since it’s inception.
Cheryl, now known as “Mrs. Parker,” has made several small updates while maintaining the friendly small town atmosphere of her jewelry store. She’s ushered Parker Jewelers into the computer age. “Our internet presence allows us to sell a beautiful pair of earrings online and ship them, while maintaining a brick and mortar store for our long time customers and their families.” -Cheryl When Cheryl isn’t busy with appointments for custom designs or tracking down classic or on-trend pieces for one of our awesome clients, she’s in Ecuador or Kenya working with children.
Why are we different? The close-knit staff of Parker Jewelers continues to support the idea that building relationships is our primary focus. We are not driven by bottom lines but by small town ideology. When you shop at Parker Jewelers, you are buying from your neighbors. We have a passion for community and enjoy interacting with our customers as they become our friends.