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Bennion Jewelers - Heritage Business Award

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 In 1862, just fifteen years after the first permanent settlers came to the Salt Lake Valley and in the midst of the American Civil war, a local jeweler opened his doors 166 South Main Street. Originally called Boyd Park Jewelers they sold hand crafted jewelry and time pieces out large glass cases. It was around this time that the mines in Park City were producing tons of silver, but also gold. The miners would travel to Salt Lake City and sell their gold direct to the jewelers.

In the 1940s, Dick Bennion was an agent for the FBI and was assigned the detail of tailing Robert Oppenheimer, is often referred to as the "father of the atomic bomb” when he was approached by Obert C. Tanner to come back to Salt Lake and work with him at his jewelry store. Dick Bennion did move back to Salt Lake, but shortly after he bought out Boyd Park Jewelry and changed the name to Bennion's Boyd Park Jewelry. In 1974 the store was relocated to 59 South Main and was then changed to Dick Bennion Jewelers. When Dick retired, his son Bill took over the business and changed the name to Bennion Jewelers.

In their current location along South Temple, you will find a new store front, but as you walk inside you are greeted by Bill and his trusted team as they show you pieces in original 1862 floor displays and mahogany wall units.  The Regulator, a grandfather clock, still keeps perfect time and greets customers today just like it did 150 years ago.  This location has the same warm and inviting feel of the original store with the same great customer service and gorgeous pieces of handcrafted jewelry.