Since Judy’s Collection opened in downtown Los Altos at the beginning of October, owner Judy Wang said hundreds of people have come in to say hello and introduce themselves, something she’s never experienced before in 35 years as a business owner.
“I’m lucky here, because so far, most of the people who come here are very, very friendly,” Wang said.
Wang opened her jewelry store at 188 Second St. in the former home of House of Treasures, which closed in June after owner Brad Davis retired. House of Treasures had been a downtown mainstay since 1975.
Although her shop is new to downtown Los Altos, Wang has been in the jewelry business for more than three decades. Born and raised in Taiwan, at age 20 she began working at a jewelry store in a hotel. Wang moved to the United States at 25 and three years later opened her own jewelry business in San Francisco on Fisherman’s Wharf.
In 2017, Wang decided to retire after 13 years owning a store in Burlingame. However, she said retirement turned out to be too boring and after two years, she was ready to jump back in and have her own business again.
A friend who works in the Los Altos area knew that the downtown space was available and suggested Wang come down and take a look. The hole-in-the-wall shop turned out to be the perfect fit. Wang has knee problems and said she wouldn’t be able to manage a larger space herself.
“This I can handle myself,” she said. “Usually at a big jewelry store, I have to hire people and there’s a lot of pressure.”
Because the space was previously a jewelry repair shop, Wang said many people have come in since she opened last month with repair projects. Wang can do a variety of jewelry repairs, and she replaces watch batteries and straps.
Wang also sells jewelry, including a variety of necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings. Judy’s Collection carries men’s jewelry, too, such as silver bracelets and rings. Wang has more than 30 years of experience restringing beads and sells her own unique creations, as well as repairing broken pieces.
Prices range from approximately $20 for items such as sterling silver pendants to more than $1,000 for pieces with precious stones. Repair costs vary based on the particular item.
Judy’s Collection is open 12:30-6 p.m. weekdays, except Wednesdays, when the shop is closed. On weekends, hours are 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.