In 2014, Day's marked a new accomplishment towards standing the test of time by celebrating 100 years in business. Over the past century, Day's has been family owned and operated by two different families with a strong connection to each other.
Day's Founding Father
Day's Jewelers was founded in 1914 by Captain Harry Davidson, whose ill health forced him to abandon a life at sea. The first Day's was a small pawn shop/auction center located in the Old Port District of Portland, Maine. Shortly thereafter, Captain Davidson was joined in the business by his three sons Sidney, David and Herman. During the ensuing 30 years, the Davidson brothers opened 21 Day's stores throughout northern New England. Day's quickly became one of the most formidable jewelry store chains on the East Coast.
A Tale of Two Families
In 1988, at ages 85 and 80 respectively, Sidney and David Davidson, the remaining owners of Day's, decided to retire. They searched for new owners that would carry on their company's traditions of great value, outstanding quality merchandise and top level customer service. They found their new owners in Jeff, Jim, and Kathy Corey, and Mark Ford.
Jeff and Jim's father, Robert Corey, got his first job at 11 years old as a stock boy at Day's in Portland. Robert Corey worked for several years under the Davidsons eventually becoming Manager of Day's Jewelers in Caribou, Maine. In 1955, he left Day's and he and his wife Enid (Sleeper) Corey opened their own store, Robert's Jewelry in Madawaska, Maine.
Robert and Enid raised Jeff, Jim and 5 other siblings in the jewelry business and were taught at an early age to appreciate every customer, and treat them like a "King." This is the philosophy that still governs how Day's does business today.
In 2007, Joseph Corey, the son of Jeff and Kathy, began working at Day's Jewelers in South Portland, Maine in their jewelry service department. In 2009, Joe enrolled into Day's management training program and 3 years later was hired as Manager of Day's Jewelers Manchester, New Hampshire store. In 2017, Joe was hired as Vice President of Store Operations, responsible for oversight of all Day's locations.
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100 Years in the Making
Today, Day's operates eight stores in Maine and New Hampshire. The Corey family combined skills and knowledge from the Davidson's Day's Jewelers with modern technology to create a jewelry retailer for a new era. This evolution enabled Day's to establish an e-commerce website serving customers from across the globe and continues to make Day's a jewelry destination for all ages.
During the next 100 years Day's will continue to innovate and utilize new technologies that enable us to better provide an experience that exceeds expectations through exceptional personal customer service, fine quality, and low prices. These, after all, are things that will never go “out of style” and that generations have come to expect from Day's for more than a century.
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Day's has been recognized as a business leader both locally and nationally. In 2016 Day's Jewelers was selected as "Retailer of the Year" by the Retail Association of Maine. In 2017, the company was awarded "Retailer of the Year" by the Woman's Jewelers Association of America.