QUINCY -- Sarah Stegeman knows it might be a little loud at Sturhahn Jewelers over the next couple months, but a little construction noise is worth it.
Sturhahn Jewelers kicked off a 1,500-square-foot expansion Wednesday at its 2801 Broadway store.
"It's going to allow us to expand showcase space so that we can bring in more of the collections our clients are asking for," Stegeman said. "It's also going to allow us to have a private one-on-one area for custom design, so someone can bring in their jewelry and we can remake it or we can make something brand new."
The expansion also provides more space for Sturhahn Jewelers to handle more in-house manufacturing with update equipment and house the only accredited gem laboratory in the region.
"Just the things that's it's going to allow us to be able to do, the new technologies that we're going to be able to use up here on the show floor with our customers to make the experience easier and more one on one is something that we're very excited about," Stegeman said. "It's going to set us apart from anyone else."
Stegeman and her brother, co-owner Jeff Sturhahn, have hoped to expand for several years.
"Really this year, just everything just fell together, and it just seemed like it was the perfect time for us to do the expansion and get it done," Stegeman said.
Sturhahn Jewelers was founded in 1911 by Walter H. Sturhahn. It first opened a storefront at 410 S. Eighth, before moving to the southeast corner of Eighth and State where it operated for 87 years. It moved into its present location in 2004.
Sturhahn hopes to have the work substantially complete by the time it celebrates its 108th anniversary in October. The store should be open throughout the entire renovation.
"We would not be able to do this expansion if our community wasn't supporting us and standing behind us," Stegeman said.