Paul W. Blocher opened Blocher Jewelers and Silversmiths in the 600 block of Lawrence Avenue in the summer of 1907. The shop moved to 314 Sixth Street for a number of years before settling in at the location most of us are familiar with at 507 Lawrence Avenue in 1947.
For a little over sixty years, Blochers was a staple of downtown Ellwood City before moving to a larger location in the Franklin Township Plaza. We have heard from a number of people that remember the unique black marble front and how it just seemed to “class up” the area. So many Ellwoodians have a tie to Blochers either through engagement rings, wedding gifts, anniversary gifts, Christmas gifts and so on. When someone mentions Blochers, it seems that everyone is inclined to give an inventory of the important items they purchased there through the years.
Paul’s daughter Ruth took over the business her father started in 1938. The Ellwood City’s Centennial Queen’s daughter Rikki continued the business until 1999 when her daughter Mary took over and became the fourth generation to carry on the family business.

2 Comments on Blochers Jewelers

  1. Bob Stevenson says:

    I knew Norman and Ruth and Rikki for years. A beautiful store on Lawrence Ave. My daughter went to school with Mary, the current owner. Have been to the new Blochers in Franklin Plaza and it is a beautiful store also.

  2. Jo Ann (Miller) Oxsen says:

    Norm Blocher was Best Man at my Mom & Dad’s wedding Oct. 10, 1938.

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