Disinger Jewelers open with new ownerJanuary 26, 2021
By CHRISTINE STEPHENSON
JASPER — Disinger Jewelers is back in business with a new owner.
Teresa Heeke, a Jasper resident and longtime employee, took over the business at the beginning of January after its previous owners, Bob and Jacque Disinger, retired last year.
“I’ve always wanted to open my own business, and I’m very passionate about giving back to the community,” Heeke said. “This was just the perfect opportunity to carry on the tradition of Disinger Jewelers.”
The store is currently open with the same hours as before but will also have a grand opening from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
The Disinger couple retired in November after owning the business for 30 years. Heeke, who worked at the store in high school and college, has considered the two close friends and mentors for years.
“Teresa has proven to be of the utmost integrity and will make an excellent business owner,” Bob and Jacque said in a press release. “She has our full trust in carrying on the business and the traditions of Disinger Jewelers.”
Disinger Jewelers will keep its name and remain open at its locations on Newton Street in Jasper and in French Lick and will still have the same two goldsmiths and carry most of the same brands. Now, it will also have new jewelry lines and an expanded custom design service.
“More of our customers are asking for custom designs, that they want to design their own rings,” Heeke said. “Or they have their own family jewelry that they want to restore, maybe they have their grandmother’s ring that they want to make into a new, modern design that they wear every day.”
The business will also donate a percentage of profits to a different charity each month and will continue to sponsor local organizations and events. January’s charity is Habitat for Humanity of Dubois County.
“We will still have everything that makes Disinger Jewelers a trusted source of jewelry and a strong local business,” Heeke said.
In addition to working with Disinger Jewelers for years, Heeke grew up in Jasper and graduated from Jasper High School. She obtained a degree in business management and spent two decades in the corporate world building experience in order to successfully run a business. She also has a Professional in Human Resources certification and is an accredited jewelry professional through the Gemological Institute of America.
Heeke has two children, Cassie, an Indianapolis attorney who also worked at Disinger Jewelers for years, and Cameron, an engineering student at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.
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