Category: History of Argo & Lehne

All Thanks to Wonderfully Loyal Customers, Argo & Lehne Celebrates its 95th Birthday

The Big Birthday Bash!

On Thursday, November 14, 2019 from 5-7 p.m., Argo & Lehne Jewelers, at 3100 Tremont Road in Upper Arlington, will celebrate its 95th Birthday with an exceptional evening filled with live jazz, heavy hors d’oeuvres, specialty cocktails and a roaring good time! The evening will include:

  • a curated exhibit of custom and original Argo & Lehne past purchases, a true homage to its distinctive & impeccable workmanship and design.
  • an extensive Art Deco jewelry collection on loan from New York & available for purchase for the party.

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  • 10% off vintage jewelry & 20% off all new in-stock jewelry!
  • If you fill out a Wishlist the night of the event your Wishlist items, if still in stock, will also be available for the above discount on Black Friday Weekend, November 29 – 30!

 

Ninety-five years later, his legacy endures through his grandson, Robert Argo & his wife, Glenda. Robert is third generation, succeeding James A. Argo’s late sons, William Alexander Argo & J. Richard Argo, and J. Richard’s sons, Richard W. & James A. Argo. Now, Robert & Glenda prepare their youngest son, William S. Argo to serve the next generation of customers. Will currently acts as bench jeweler, photographer, engraver, salesman, and advisor.

Purchasing century-old Harrington & Co. in 1959, Argo & Lehne adopted its location on 84 North High, merging inventories, customers & staff as well as locations.  Later, A&L moved to 20 S. Third Street on the corner of Broad & Third opposite the State House, remaining there for another decade. For over a decade, Argo & Lehne also maintained a presence in Bexley at 2376 E. Main Street near Capital University. In 1959, Kingsdale Center built out a corner space for A&L where it remained until moving to its current location at 3100 Tremont Road in 2002.

To what does a family-owned business that’s weathered the Great Depression, a world war and many changes over time attribute their longevity?

Robert Argo credits success to staying a step ahead, always anticipating your customers’ desires and above all having loyal customers whom you treat like family. This has been a philosophy with each generation of owners at Argo & Lehne.

The best way to learn about Argo & Lehne is from a customer. Stories are endless of how the iconic full-service jewelry store has become an integral part of celebrations in local homes from baby’s first spoon to engagement rings and every occasion thereafter. “Our customers are for life,” states Robert Argo.  Another way to learn about the business is by simply stepping foot into the store. The showroom is an elegant space with a sense of history. You may first notice the gorgeous crystal chandelier that once hung at the Virginia Hotel in downtown Columbus or perhaps the rich burled wood of the showcases.

Another immediate observation is the artwork on the walls with new local artists quarterly and the sculptures displayed in the recessed wall nooks by internationally known sculptor Alfred Tibor.  It only makes sense that a company focused on art, jewelry and history is also the destination for one-of-a-kind pieces either custom-made, hand-selected contemporary or bespoke vintage jewelry. Nearly half of the store is stocked with high-quality vintage jewelry including vintage bridal. This is a store for those who love individuality and quality. You won’t find your neighbor wearing the same piece you purchased here.

A&L’s staff has the knowledge and experience to meet every aspect of your needs – an American Gem Society Certified Gemologist Appraiser, an AGS Accredited Gem Laboratory, in house shop, savvy buyer, attentive sales force, meticulous & efficient back office. One of few remaining full-service jewelers, A&L offers traditional giftware, baby goods, appraisals, personalized engraving, cleaning, consignment, estate disposition,  precious metal buying, special order, custom design, and much more.

-November 2019 • Upper Arlington Living magazine

Interested in attending our 95th birthday bash? Contact us with any questions or RSVP by phone at (614) 457-6261. We look forward to celebrating with you!

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The Family Business – a wife’s perspective, by Glenda Argo

“From Berkshire Hathaway and Wal-Mart to small stores everywhere, about 90% of all U.S. businesses are family-owned or controlled by a family. Family businesses generate over 50% of the US Gross National Product (GNP).”  – Forbes.com

“Our business is about people, not status or bling per se, but marking moments and milestones in relationships with beautiful, well-made works of art. Whatever the importance of the event or size of the gift, the icon and presentation must be special and unique.” – Robert Argo, owner

 

The Argos in 1981 on the occasion of Bill receiving the AGS Shipley Award. Sarah Argo Clark, William A. Argo, Barbara Argo, Robert Argo

My first introduction to the Argo family was when Robert, now my husband of 40 years, took me home to present to his parents as his bride-to-be. I was terrified! I had heard so much about this prominent, illustrious family. The family business, Argo & Lehne Jewelers, was an incomparable icon in Columbus, Ohio. I grew up on a farm in Iowa, far removed geographically and culturally from this world. Or so I thought.

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5 Reasons to Come to Argo & Lehne for Jewelry Appraisals

If you’re not getting paid for it, you’re obsessive; if you’re getting paid, you’re meticulous.” -Robert Argo

Hi, everyone! This is Glenda Argo. Bob Argo and I are, among other things, the appraisal team at Argo & Lehne. At a time when many jewelers are not offering appraisals or are outsourcing them, we continue to do them all in-house as we have for decades, as part of our full-service philosophy. Full-service means we want to be your one-stop source for everything jewelry related!

Here are five important reasons to have Argo & Lehne appraise your jewelry:

Quality – We apply our store philosophy of quality and excellence to everything we do, including appraisals. Our two-person team ensures accuracy – two sets of eyes on every appraisal with double and triple checking. We are meticulous and maybe we fuss a little too much, but that’s just how we operate. (more…)

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Why Shop Independent Retailers?

Argo Lehne | Fourth of July in Columbus Ohio

A&L Sales & Design Consultant, Dion, sharing his enthusiasm for Independence!

As we approach Fourth of July, we honor our country’s freedom and the wonderful opportunities we’ve been given. We are so fortunate for the fortitude of young “Dickie” Argo, an immigrant watchmaker from Scotland, who opened his own jewelry store in 1924.

How is it that we have preserved his small store and weathered the big box brands, chain stores and on-line shopping? The simple answer is through the loyalty of our customers.

But why do they choose A&L over and over? It’s clear our customers understand the benefits of supporting local business owners. (more…)

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Argo & Lehne Unveiled: The Secrets to our Continued Success

Working in a third generation jewelry store, I’m often asked, “What’s the secret of Argo & Lehne’s success?”

For those who don’t know me, I’m Michelle Berger, President of Argo & Lehne Jewelers. Native to Upper Arlington, I left for 15 years, returned to Columbus and collaborated with the Argo’s to lead the store in a new direction. We had countless meetings identifying the store’s unique niche in our local industry, our target customers and where we see ourselves in the future. Whatever changes we made, we knew we would be consistent and authentic with who we have always been: a jeweler with the highest quality products, highest ethical standards and highest level of service – a Columbus tradition.
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The History of Shopping in Columbus: Downtown to Kingsdale

Upper Arlington Historical Society joins us for “A Gem in our Community.”

This Saturday we were honored to host the Upper Arlington Historical Society. Former co-owner, Dick Argo, appeared as our guest speaker and discussed Argo & Lehne’s history in the Columbus area. After listening to his talk, I thought it would be interesting to our readers to revisit Columbus through the eyes of a thriving jewelry store which has had multiple locations during the years.  I’ve collected the information to make a two part series: “The History of Shopping in Columbus: Downtown to Kingsdale” and “Argo & Lehne Unveiled: The Secrets to our Continued Success”.
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