History of Howes Diamond Jewelers

Store Locations

324 Main Street

La Crosse, WI 54601

Telephone: (608) 785-1441

301 Bush Street

Red Wing, MN 55066

Telephone: (651) 388-4239

Store Hours
Monday - Wednesday: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Thursday: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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The story of Howes Diamond Jewelers began when Bill Howes was working at a retail store while in high school. It was at this time he realized he enjoyed working with people. Shortly after his tour of duty with the United States Navy Bill enrolled in classes at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois where he took classes in watch making and jewelry repair. Upon completion he became an apprentice for a local independent jeweler in downtown La Crosse. It was his entrepreneurial spirit that influenced Bill to open his first store January, 1964. The store was located in an upstairs location of a downtown La Crosse building with a diamond inventory of $600.00. He survived the first year in business by doing repair work for other stores.

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