First Place: Nelson Estate Jewelers
2051 S. Dobson Road, Mesa
A month after Nelson Estate Jewelers opened last year, a woman came into the showroom with a 19th-century ring that was made for her grandmother. It was missing a sapphire that the big chain stores couldn’t or didn’t want to bother replacing.
Thanks to David Nelson’s experience and connections in the industry, he knew a cutter who could duplicate the old-fashioned artistry of the cut and match the other stones. That’s how you make a customer for life and become the best new business in Mesa.
Nelson and his wife Aubrey live in Dobson Ranch and sold a couple of rental properties and a cache of collectibles to give the business a running start.
Mesa customers are embracing their ethical, transparent pricing and unique collection of estate and designer pieces.
Second Place: Culinary Dropout
383 N. Gilbert Road, Gilbert
Third Place: The Crayola Experience
3111 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler