Kambourian Jewelers leaving Carytown for Libbie-Grove

Kambourian Jewelers is leaving its Carytown location. (Photos by Mike Platania)

One of the longest-running family businesses in Richmond is on the move.

Kambourian Jewelers is moving from its Carytown location at 3141 W. Cary St. to the Libbie-Grove corridor in the newly built Westhampton on Grove development at 5702 Grove Ave.

Kambourian Jewelers has been around since the late 1800s and came to Richmond in the 1960s when Manuel Kambourian opened a shop.

The jewelry retail and repair shop now is run by Manuel’s great-great-grandsons, brothers Joey and Nathan Kambourian.

Last summer, Joey and Nathan bought out their mother and uncle’s ownership stake in the business, allowing them to retire.

Keeping the shop on the move is part of the family tradition.

“We’ve been in Carytown for about 10 years. We were at 3117 (W. Cary St.) originally,” Joey Kambourian said.

“We’ve always hopped around in Richmond. The shop’s been in Midlothian and Lakeside previously as well.”

The jewelry shop is joining Kambourian Rugs in the Libbie-Grove corridor.

Kambourian Jewelers is leasing about 500 square feet on the second floor of the Westhampton on Grove, down from about 1,000 square feet at the Carytown location.

“We wanted to do more of a private showroom type of space,” Joey said of the new location. “We hope to take a bunch of the glass cases out of the shop.”

Joey said they’re aiming to open in the new space on Sept. 1.

The jewelry shop won’t be the only Kambourian-owned business on that block of Grove Avenue. It will be located just a few doors down from Kambourian Rugs at 5720 Grove Ave., which is owned by Joey and Nathan’s cousin, Mark Kambourian.

The Westhampton on Grove is a redevelopment project that replaced the former Westhampton Theater. Other tenants include Virginia Beach-based restaurant Taste, Virginia Commonwealth Bank and Harbert Venture Partners.

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