Christian jeweler James Avery opening in Stephenville's Washington Commons.


By SARA VANDEN BERGE

A popular jeweler that got its start in a two-car garage in Kerrville, Texas in 1954 is coming to Washington Commons.


James Avery, a national retailer that creates artisan jewelry with Christian symbolism, will join Buckle, Hobby Lobby, Old Navy, Ross, T.J. Maxx, Ulta Beauty, Five Below and Shoe Show in the largest retail development project in the city’s history.

Washington Commons will include more than 150,000 square feet of retail space and is expected to open in the first quarter of 2022.

According to its website, James Avery has more than 100 stores in four states and sells a wide variety of jewelry for men and women in sterling silver, 14K and 18K gold, bronze and gemstones.

“SEDA is excited to welcome a Hill Country legend to Stephenville,” Jeff Sandford, executive director of the Stephenville Economic Development Authority, told Beneath the Surface News. “James Avery has a proven track record of not only serving the communities in which they do business, but also have been known to draw visitors from other areas.

“Our citizens should be extremely pleased with our development partners, STX Washington Partners, LLC, for their commitment to adding quality retailers to our already impressive Stephenville business community.”