Foshee Jewelers Inc.
943 E Parker St
Lakeland, FL 33801
Mr. Clyde R. Foshee
Foshee Jewelers Inc. has been in business in Lakeland for 59 years. In 1953, Clyde Foshee started in the jewelry business as a watchmaker after attending vocational courses at Lakeland High School. Mr. Foshee operated his first store on Memorial Boulevard for 22 years, and then moved to Ingraham Plaza. In 2010, he moved around the corner and established the current shop at 943 East Parker Street. Foshee Jewelers harkens to a time when family businesses were fixtures in neighborhoods, customers were familiar faces, and most were friends. When you visit the store, you will see customers who are greeted by name as they come in for watch and jewelry repairs and just to say hello.
This feeling of community is partially due to the nature of a family business. Mr. Foshee’s son, daughter, daughter-in-law, sister, and grandson all work in the store. Until October 2010, Mr. Foshee’s wife of 59 years, Juanita, also worked in the store. Mrs. Foshee is still recovering from a terrible accident where she was stung more than 100 times by yellow jacket wasps. In addition to Foshee family members, Harout "Harry" Keshishian, G.G., a master gemologist, jewelry appraiser, and gold buyer, helps Mr. Foshee with the business. All together they form a team which consists of 2 master watchmakers, 2 master clock technicians, 3 master GIA graduate jewelers and 3 GIA graduate gemologists. Whatever you need in the way of repair, appraisal, or choosing the right jewel, you can find someone to help you at Foshee Jewelers.
Mr. Foshee’s business philosophy is to treat every customer the way he would want to be treated, and community service is a Foshee business principle. Mr. Foshee provides major support to the following organizations: the Lakeland Masonic Lodge, the Lakeland Shrine Club which provides support to the Shriners Hospitals for Children, the Watson Clinic Foundation, and other community breast cancer awareness events.
Foshee Jewelers has contributed to its long-time neighborhood, the community at large, the families of employees and more for 59 years, making Mr. Foshee and his team a wonderful candidate for the Chamber’s Small Business of the Month for October.
The Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce would like to congratulate Foshee Jewelers as the October Small Business of the Month winner.