This photo, hanging on the wall at the store’s current Springettsbury Township location, shows Futer Bros. Jewelers’ South George Street
This photo, hanging on the wall at the store's current Springettsbury Township location, shows Futer Bros. Jewelers' South George Street location in 1934. (Daily Record/Sunday News - Paul Kuehnel)
In 1932, two brothers decided to join together and start a jewelry business bearing the family name. Today, their grandchildren and the business they built, Futer Bros. Jewelers, are celebrating 80 years in business.

"It's something we're very proud of, to sustain a family business through all the ups and downs," said Debbie Eigenrauch-Ashway, who, along with her brother David, is the third generation to own the store, based in Springettsbury Township.

The business is hosting a "Back In Time" party to transport guests to the 1930s with special vintage cocktails, appetizers and music. There's plenty to celebrate: 80 years down the road, business is doing well, Eigenrauch-Ashway said.

One thing that's helped the business succeed year after year -- especially with the rise of the Internet -- is its focus on customer service, Eigenrauch-Ashway said.

"We are busy selling everything from engagement rings to fashion jewelry, doing appraisals," and more, she said.

While the shop has started stocking cheaper alternatives to traditionally expensive pieces, such as engagement rings, the store has always provided customers with a layaway system, which has remained popular, Eigenrauch-Ashway said.

"We've always had layaway, but when credit cards developed, people started to forget about it," she said. "But with (layaway), someone can get a beautiful piece since it's hard to pay one lump sum up front."

Eigenrauch-Ashway's maternal grandfather, Parke, was one of the original Futer brothers, and her father joined the family business when he married her mother.

"He completely switched careers," she said.

The fourth generation of the family is undecided about joining the family business, Eigenrauch-Ashway said.

But the Futer family doesn't include just the bonds of a bloodline. The company's dedicated employees have become like members of the family, Eigenrauch-Ashway said.

"Our employees are all Futer brothers," she said. "We have a great support staff."

And this family intends to be around for a long time, Eigenrauch-Ashway said.

"We're looking forward to celebrating our 100th anniversary," she said.

If you go

What: Futer Bros. Jewelers' "Back In Time" Party

When: 5 to 8 p.m. April 27

Where: Futer Bros. Jewelers, 2820 Whiteford Road, Springettsbury Township

Highlights: Cocktails, appetizers and music from the 1930s, a photo booth and a classic car



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