By Sue Poster, Westfield-Barcelona Chamber of Commerce Coordinator
Westfield Barcelona Chamber’s newest member is Mathews Jewelers, this business has been on Main St. in Westfield since October of 1995, many of our residents can vouch for the craftsmanship and quality of the work provided by owner and jeweler Rick Mathews. Cindy Mathews is Rick’s right hand and partner in the business and at home. Cindy returned to Westfield just a short time ago after spending the winter in Florida with a new granddaughter and Rick discovered just how much she does! Welcome home Cindy, from your family and our community.
Married for 37 years Rick and Cindy have 2 children, Emily and Tyler, and 4 grandchildren, Bradyn and Braxton Paddock and Landyn and Harper Marie Mathews. The two of them enjoy spending time with their family and many friends. When the children were young they became friends with other parents from sports teams that the children were involved with thus forming a group that meets once a month for various activities to this day. They ride motorcycles, go out on their boat, road rally’s, mystery dinners, bowling, always something different and fun.
In addition to the friends group Rick is the President of Lake Shore Center for the Arts and used his talents as a contractor to build the staging, the reception desk and other tasks that were involved in creating the center in the old classrooms of the Presbyterian Church. He is a singer and actor in productions at LSCFTA. This past winter Rick directed the Lead With Your Heart concert that was enjoyed by all. Rick also serves on the Village Planning board. Cindy supports these endeavors and is active in her own right by helping with the grandchildren and at school.
Rick learned his trade from his brother in law, Franz Martin Peters of Ft Wayne, IN. Franz (Marty) was trained in his home country of Germany having completed four years of school, apprenticeship, Journeyman and finally achieving Master Jeweler status.
Mathews Jewelers takes custom orders, you can pick your design, your stones, and he will create it. He can also repair jewelry, they also have a beautiful selection of estate jewelry.
One of the pieces of note that Rick makes is a replica of the Barcelona Lighthouse, for years he would donate one to the Exempt Firemen for the OX Roast drawing.
With over 35 years of experience Rick knows jewelry and he knows Westfield. A favorite parts of their business are the customers and the friendships they enjoy with their customers.
Open Thursdays, Fridays (10-5) and Saturdays (10-1)
49 East Main St.
Phone: (716) 326-2107