Young jeweler, family open storeJanuary 28, 2021
By CANDY NEAL
HUNTINGBURG — Garrison Tretter is starting his career as a jeweler early.
The 21-year-old is the resident jeweler and co-owner of Tretter and Company, a jewelry company in the former Disinger and Krüger Jewelers building at Main and Fourth streets.
When he started his college career, he was pursuing dentistry.
“After going to college for a while, I decided that I didn’t want to sit through eight more years of classes,” Garrison said, laughing.
So he started looking at other career paths that may be similar and that he would enjoy, “working with small and intricate things,” he said.
In the past, Garrison took a career survey that took into account his interests. And fashion design was one. He also remembered that while at school, it was recommended that he take a jewelry making class. “So I decided to try that,” he said.
Garrison completed graduate bench jeweler schooling at New Approach School for Jewelers in Arrington, Tennessee. And he is almost done with graduate gemologist certifications through the Gemological Institute of America, in Carlsbad, California.
“In fact, he was in California, ready to take the labs to get his final certification, and they shut the school down [due]to the COVID,” said Chris, Garrison’s dad. “So he jumped on a plane and flew back to Indiana.”
Bill Disinger, who was the longtime jeweler in Huntingburg, is a family friend and helps mentor Garrison. Disinger actually has a patented jewelry line, Glow of the Caribbean, which is one of the exclusive lines carried at the store.
Garrison started working in his family’s basement. “He had his workbench there, just doing things,” his mother, Dawn, said. “He was working on things for people. And he kept at it.”
The Tretters learned from Disinger of available space that had been renovated in the well-known corner building at Fourth and Main streets. Disinger made an offer for Garrison to purchase all of his furniture, fixtures, equipment, molds and past appraisals of customers. So Disinger’s former customers can still get their appraisals updated through Garrison.
Tretter and Company officially opened in November, and the business is a family affair. Garrison owns the company with his parents, Chris and Dawn, and Dawn helps with the day-to-day operations. Garrison’s sister, Devyn Tretter, also works at the company while she finishes college. Garrison also has a brother in high school, Brant.
Chris and Dawn are originally from Ferdinand, and decided to come back to Dubois County 10 years ago to raise their family. Chris has worked in corporate America for 20 years, and is currently co-owner of Sultan’s Run. He is also golf coach at Forest Park High School.
“I’m very entrepreneurial,” Chris said, “love starting businesses, operating businesses.”
Garrison and Dawn are the only authorized retailers of Glow of the Caribbean line in the United States. Some of the other lines carried by the store include Stuller, Midwest Diamond Distributors, Citizen Watches, Speidel Watchbands and Rolex.
Various services are also offered, including design, manufacturing, cleaning, repairs, battery replacement, inspection, and appraisals. “We provide a lot of services,” Garrison said.
Tretter and Company’s address is 402 E. Fourth St., Suite B. Customers enter the store on the Main Street side of the building. The business hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and by appointment on Sundays and Thursdays. The store is closed on Mondays.
People can contact the company by phone, 812-683-4376, email, email@example.com, through its Facebook page or at the company’s website, www.tretterandco.com.
People can also meet the Tretters at the store’s ribbon-cutting ceremony, set for 11:30 a.m. Saturday.
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