FAIRFIELD, CT — A Fairfield jewelry store that has been in business more than a century has reopened its doors following a recent renovation.
After nearly nine months, Henry C. Reid Jewelers is again doing business at 1591 Post Road, but with a new look. The 110-year-old Fairfield mainstay has coronavirus precautions in place and opportunities to shop by appointment, aiming to provide a luxury experience for customers just in time for the holiday season.
“For decades our family has been dedicated to offering our community the very best, and we understand that this goes beyond the fine selection of jewelry to the total experience of being in the shop,” Greg French, co-owner and president of Henry C. Reid. Jewelers, said in a news release.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held noon Friday to celebrate the reopening. Fairfield First Selectwoman Brenda Kupchick and other local officials will attend. Masks will be required and socially distancing protocols will be followed.
With the renovation, the dark mahogany and New England traditionalism that defined the store’s previous locations has been transformed by local designer Christian P. Arkay-Leliever and Moss Design in order to offer an environment that is sophisticated and chic yet timeless and fun.
Working in collaboration, Arkay-Leliever and Meghan De Maria and Courtney Yanni of Moss Design, an award-winning Southport design firm, developed a fun and chic design that is apparent from the curb, with large-scale lights from Connecticut brand Dunes & Duchess flanking the entrance. Inside, shoppers are met with high-gloss cabinets in a rich blue, gas lanterns and a wall-papered ceiling in an iconic Schumacher print.
“We wanted to deliver the ‘wow factor’ to this space and make the fabulous experience of shopping for fine jewelry even more transportive and special,” De Maria said in the news release.
The “wow factor” extends beyond the finishes and lighting to the experience of sitting at a bar and enjoying beer or wine while admiring the high-end collection of jewelry.
“Christian, Meghan and Courtney helped us achieve just the right look and feel to complement Henry C. Reid’s melding of traditional, timeless pieces and custom jewelry designs, providing our customers with a more experiential encounter each time they visit the store,” French said.