As a child, Gary spent hours observing the watchmakers’ precision work in his father’s jewelry store in Norfolk, VA, fascinated with the gears, the noise, and the activity. During his teen years, Gary developed an appreciation for the precious gemstones and metals that his father sold. Armed with years of art/design courses and a degree in communications from UNC-Chapel Hill, he went to work in the television industry for a few years. However, retail jewelry was obviously in his DNA, so Gary soon found his way back to jewelry in the early 1980s, working in the wholesale side with his brother. Gary found that he missed working with the public and in 1988, he decided to open a small retail store in High Point, NC.
As the clientele grew, so did their tastes and expectations. Gary expanded the physical space accordingly; and, in 1997, Simon Jewelers moved to its current home in the beautifully renovated village of shops at Time Square, at the corner of Main and Lexington in High Point.