On March 31st, 2021 we closed the doors for the last time.
It's been a long and wonderful ride. Thank you to all of our customers and the town of Morton.
Founded in 1982, Binkley Jewelers was a staple on Morton's Main Street for 39 years.
Bruce started his jewelry career in 1971 working for Steve Novel of Novel Jewelry while attending Morton High School. Shortly after, his family moved to Danville, Illinois, where he joined Royster's Jewelry under William "Buddy" Pierce and continued to learn the trade. In 1982, Bruce was given the opportunity to purchase his former employer's business back in Morton and accepted. With a newborn in tow, Bruce and his then wife, Diane, moved to Morton and started Binkley Jewelers.
As his family grew, so did his business. In 1986, Binkley Jewelers moved to a new location at 105 S. Main Street, and in 2013 the store underwent a major renovation, making it into a charming retail space.
For many years the business was the only full service jeweler in town. Bruce’s talents for custom work, repairs, and, let's say unique, personality earned him much respect from the community. Paying that respect back to the community, for many years he donated custom pieces for the annual Pumpkin Festival and local school fund raisers, as well as participated in Morton High School's CHI cooperative work program.
He has been a mentor of the trade and gave his two children their first jobs (even fired one of them). To those of us in the family we have always considered employees part of an extended family. We all have fond memories of our time there including the Christmas Eve breakfasts at the Peppermill before the last minute shopper rush and the Friday night Pegasus Pizza dinners when the store was open late.
We love you and wish you and Connie the best in retirement!
- Echo, Connie, Nicholas, Elyse, David, and the grandkids