Crystal Coin and Jewelers has been operating as a fine jewelry and jewelry repair store for over 70 years. In 1946 Herman Chappue opened his family jewelry store for business and never looked back. In our modern society, it is not usually common place for a jewelry store to be a fixture in a community. In a world where independent jewelers are becoming more scarce, Chappue and his family sought to return the ring buying experience back to a more personal one- from which it had originally come. When Chappue was ready to retire, he sold the business to Mr. Adolph. Chappue and Adolph’s good nature, dedication to fair and honest business practices, and his years of quality repair service in the Crystal City Festus community served to give Adolph’s a lasting reputation for honesty and quality for years to come.
When Mr. Adolph passed away, his wife, Ruth, decided to keep the store going in his stead. She ran the store for nearly a decade until her own death in 2004. Ruth’s children were unable to run the store so they sold it to Charles Medlock in 2004. Charles ran it with the help of his daughters for seven years. In 2011, Brad Basler (the current store owner and operator) decided to retire from his career at Edward Jones. Charles and Brad had known each other from previous employment. When Brad mentioned to Charles that he was hoping to retire and maybe run a business of his own, Charles saw an opportunity and realized that it was perfect timing. Charles decided that he was ready to retire himself, and move to his dream town of Fair-Hope Alabama to retire. After talking it over, the two decided to become partners for a year until Charlie would move to Fair Hope, Alabama to open another jewelry store and sell the store to Brad; which he did in 2011.
To this day, Brad, Phyllis, and Sarah run the store with the same integrity and honesty as Chappue had originally intended. Not quite ‘Mom and Pop’, but rather ‘Mom, Dad, and Daughter’, Crystal Coin and Jewelers has remained, and will continue to remain, an important fixture in the Crystal City Festus community for decades to come; as long as we have anything to say about it.