Billings Gazette, Mont., Jan Falstad column
|By Jan Falstad, Billings Gazette, Mont.|
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She has renamed the store Big Sky Jewelry Designers and will continue to offer custom jewelry design, repair and watch repair services.
That's where her dad,
Sarah's father is a certified master watchmaker with 35 years' experience. That certification, granted by
"If you have an antique pocket watch you want to hand down to your son or grandson, he's one of the few who can fix it and find parts that aren't made anymore," Breitenstein said.
By following her father around to jewelry stores, Breitenstein grew up watching metal working, almost exclusively a male profession.
"It's amazing because there are so few female goldsmiths sitting at a bench with a torch, working gold and platinum," she said.
She is buying the store from
Breitenstein earned an English degree in creative writing and literature from the
She continued her education by working for a decade with
for tips. Breitenstein wants to bring one-of-a-kind jewelry and more unusual gemstones to
"My vision is a little smaller, a little more intimate, maybe more European," she said.
Her dad will work at Big Sky Jewelry Designers on Thursdays and he is willing to make a certain sacrifice for his daughter.
"This is an amazing thing because he never wanted to work with the public for anyone else," she said. "Yea for Dad!"
Cheers for Chico
Out and about
The first grocery store at West Park Promenade in more than a decade opens
The newly formed
Also, if you want to buy flood insurance to protect your property following what may be record snowfall this winter, now is the time. Montana Insurance Commissioner
The correct date for
New oil play
By the numbers
1: Rank of
75: The percentage of Americans surveyed this year by the
Scams du jour
A company calling itself "
Some people just can't be convinced that the heavily discounted car deal is a scam, said the Chamber's
"They can only see the screaming deal," she said.
These scammers use
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Meanwhile, this is National Consumer Protection week.
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A man walks into a barbershop and asks "How much for a haircut and a shave?"
"Well, it is
As the man settles into the chair, he said, "All right. Shave my head."
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