> Out and About: Kerry Ruiz, Owner of Ashley's Distinctive Jewelry and Gifts

Out and About: Kerry Ruiz, Owner of Ashley's Distinctive Jewelry and Gifts

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Kerry Ruiz is the owner of Ashley's Distinctive Jewelry & Gifts that has been in business since 1989. It's located at the Day Hill Village Shoppes at 555 Day Hill Rd. Kerry is a member of the Chamber of Commerce.

Kerry was born in New Foundland, Canada, on a St. John's Air Force Base. His father was in the service. His family did a lot of traveling as he grew up. "We moved about every year." His father retired out of Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee, MA. Kerry stayed in Massachusetts where he went to a two-year college to learn about management. After graduating, Kerry worked for Aetna Insurance, but that proved to be a little mundane for a restless soul. Around the same time he was contacted by someone he had worked for while studying at college in the shoe business. He started as a district manager for Prague Shoes for a while. It was one day that an unhappy customer stopped by the shoe store Kerry was at. Being district manager, Kerry was able to resolve the problem so much so that the customer was fully impressed and offered him to work for Diamond Showcase. He knew nothing about jewelry but was willing to learn. That is when Louis DellaVeccia mentored him and out of it came a long business partnership for years to come. Kerry eventually left Diamond Showcase and went into manufacturing for jewelry. He learned manufacturing with those that dealt with manufacturers (i.e. raw materials and stones.)

In 1988, Kerry had by now moved to Windsor, CT. when three tobacco barns that were on Day Hill Road were being taken down. A sign announced they would be building a little plaza. Kerry lived a short distance away. He would drive by every day and see it. It was during then he thought he would try and open his own retail store. He brought in business partner Louis DellaVeccia. Ashley's opened in June of 1989. The name was inspired by Kerry's first niece and a wanting of an "A" name. It would be a store that specializes in retail jewelry, custom made sterling silver, 14K, 18K, and platinum jewelry diamond engagement and wedding bands. People could come in and get a one-of-a-kind piece, fabricated from scratch. Ashley's would accommodate them with napkins to draw out their plans.

In 2002, Louis became ill and passed away the same year. Kerry's wife, Carissa joined the staff that was certified from the Gemological Institute of America on Diamond and Diamond Grading. Two years later, Annette O'Meara joined the staff as Store Manager. Eventually, they would hire Master goldsmith, Kurt, who along with the rest of the staff, started out at Diamond Showcase.

When it comes to his adopted town of Windsor, Kerry was offered up a bit of advice from older famed jewelers, Bill Savitt and Bernie Fields. It was Mr. Savitt who said to Kerry, "If you want any advice, you need to give back to the community that gives to you." Kerry continues, "That's been a philosophy of mine right along. We're pretty involved especially if it has to do with kids. You'll always see us involved one way or another." He himself has done volunteer work with Project Santa, and The Diamond Club. His involvement with non-profits extends to the Windsor Elks Club, Masons, Chamber president for two years, and served ten years as Shad Fest Bureau president. On his off time, Kerry loves to go to the concerts held at Northwest Park, which he calls, "A gem in the rough."

Three words that describe Kerry: generous, honest, hard working.


Events

Boozy Brunch
Sundays in March at The Tavern at Keney Park
Fencing Class
Mons & Weds at LP Wilson Community Center
Anime/Manga Club
Last Mondays at Windsor Public Library
Monday Morning Book Club
Mar 25 at Windsor Public Library
Painting and Drawing 101 for Adults
Mondays at Windsor Art Center Studios
HBG Book club
Mar 26 at The Bean
Learn to Crochet
Mar 26 at Windsor Public Library
Legislative Dialogue
Mar 26 at Town Hall Council Chambers
Skin Health
Mar 26 at Windsor Public Library
Stress Reduction Discussion Group
2nd and 4th Tuesday at 107 Palisado Ave, Windsor, CT 06095-2514
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Mons & Weds at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Mar 27 at Windsor Public Library
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Mar 27 at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Wednesday Happy Hour
Mar 27 at The Tavern at Keney Park.. 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Taco Thursday
Mar 28 at The Tavern at Keney Park.. 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Fish Fry
Mar 29 at The Tavern at Keney Park.. 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Book Babies
Mar 29 at Windsor Public Library
Free Playgroup
Fridays at Clover Family Resource Center
Traditional and Modern Community Dan
Mar 29 at Windsor High School Cafeteria
Windsor Youth Theatre: Hairspray!
Mar 29 at LP Wilson Community Center Auditorium
Women's History Month Movie Night
Mar 29 at Town Hall Council Chambers
$5 after 5pm
Mar 30 at The Tavern at Keney Park
Easterseals Annual Crystal Ball
Mar 30 at Hartford Marriott Downtown
Northwest Park Concert
Mar 30 at Northwest Park Nature Center 145 Lang Road Windsor CT
What is Art
Mar 30 at Windsor Art Center
Windsor Youth Theatre: Hairspray!
Mar 30 at LP Wilson Community Center Auditorium
Boozy Brunch
Sundays in March at The Tavern at Keney Park
Observance and Remembrance Ceremony
Mar 31 at Town Hall Council Chambers
Windsor Youth Theatre: Hairspray!
Mar 31 at LP Wilson Community Center Auditorium
Fencing Class
Mons & Weds at LP Wilson Community Center
Community Garden at Northwest Park
Apr 1 at Northwest Park & Nature Center, 145 Lang Road, Windsor, CT
Painting and Drawing 101 for Adults
Mondays at Windsor Art Center Studios
Learn to Crochet
Apr 2 at Windsor Public Library
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Mons & Weds at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Apr 3 at Windsor Public Library
Job Search in the Digital Age
Apr 3 at Marriott Windsor/Hartford Airport
Job Search In The Digital Age
Apr 3 at Marriott Windsor/Hartford, 28 Day Hill Road, Windsor, CT
Progressive Whist Games--55 & Older
Apr 3 at Windsor Senior Center
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Apr 3 at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Sharpen Networking/Interview Skills
Apr 3 at Marriott Windsor/Hartford, 28 Day Hill Road, Windsor, CT
Ukulele for Beginners-B
Apr 3 at Windsor High School J113
Windsor Business Connections
1st Wednesday at Bart's Drive In, 55 Palisado Ave, Windsor
Free Genealogy Support Group
Apr 4 at Windsor Historical Society
Little Picassos
Apr 4 at Windsor Public Library
Talk It Up Toastmasters Meeting
Apr 4 at 175 Addison Road, Windsor, CT
Fish Fry
Apr 5 at The Tavern at Keney Park.. 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Book Babies
Apr 5 at Windsor Public Library
Free Playgroup
Fridays at Clover Family Resource Center
Traditional and Modern Community Dan
Apr 5 at Windsor High School Cafeteria
Windsor Chamber Cares Auction
Apr 5 at Maneely's, 65 Rye St, South Windsor
Artifex Custom Gallery Art Showcase
Apr 6 at Nomads Adventure QUEST
Windsor 1942-1962 with Herb Hallas
Apr 6 at Windsor Historical Society
Art Opening Reception
Apr 7 at Town Hall
Boozy Brunch
Sundays in March at The Tavern at Keney Park
Fencing Class
Mons & Weds at LP Wilson Community Center
Painting and Drawing 101 for Adults
Mondays at Windsor Art Center Studios
Young Artist Watercolor Bootcamp
Apr 8 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Learn to Crochet
Apr 9 at Windsor Public Library
Stress Reduction Discussion Group
2nd and 4th Tuesday at 107 Palisado Ave, Windsor, CT 06095-2514
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Mons & Weds at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Apr 10 at Windsor Public Library
Business After Hours
Apr 10 at Sheraton, Windsor Locks
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Apr 10 at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Alzheimer's Support Group
2nd Thursdays at Kimberly Hall N.
Fish Fry
Apr 12 at The Tavern at Keney Park.. 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
All Day Art
Apr 12 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Book Babies
Apr 12 at Windsor Public Library
Free Playgroup
Fridays at Clover Family Resource Center
Semi-annual Special Game Sale
Apr 13 at House of Books and Games
Boozy Brunch
Sundays in March at The Tavern at Keney Park
Semi-annual Special Game Sale
Apr 14 at House of Books and Games
Fencing Class
Mons & Weds at LP Wilson Community Center
Finding Your Dream Job
Apr 15 at Windsor Public Library
Painting and Drawing 101 for Adults
Mondays at Windsor Art Center Studios
Instagram for Small Business
Apr 16 at Windsor Community Television at LP Wilson Community Center
Jan's Sewing Hour
Apr 16 at Windsor Public Library
Learn to Crochet
Apr 16 at Windsor Public Library
Windsor Diabetic Support Group
Apr 16 at LP Wilson Community Center, All Purpose One Room
Windsor Junior Woman's Club Meeting
Apr 16 at Union Street Tavern in Windsor Center
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Mons & Weds at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Apr 17 at Windsor Public Library
Progressive Whist Games--55 & Older
Apr 17 at Windsor Senior Center
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Apr 17 at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Windsor Lions Easter Plant Sale
Apr 17 at Windsor Town Green
Little Picassos
Apr 18 at Windsor Public Library
Seat of Our Pants
Apr 18 at Windsor Public Library
Talk It Up Toastmasters Meeting
Apr 18 at 175 Addison Road, Windsor, CT
Fish Fry
Apr 19 at The Tavern at Keney Park.. 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Book Babies
Apr 19 at Windsor Public Library
Free Playgroup
Fridays at Clover Family Resource Center
Easter Brunch
Apr 21 at The Tavern at Keney Park
Boozy Brunch
Sundays in March at The Tavern at Keney Park
Hot Lunch Program-60&Up
Weekdays at the Senior Center
Fencing Class
Mons & Weds at LP Wilson Community Center
Monday Morning Book Club
Apr 22 at Windsor Public Library
Painting and Drawing 101 for Adults
Mondays at Windsor Art Center Studios
Learn to Crochet
Apr 23 at Windsor Public Library
Stress Reduction Discussion Group
2nd and 4th Tuesday at 107 Palisado Ave, Windsor, CT 06095-2514
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Mons & Weds at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Apr 24 at Windsor Public Library
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Apr 24 at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Book Babies
Apr 26 at Windsor Public Library
Free Playgroup
Fridays at Clover Family Resource Center
Local Author Festival
Apr 27 at Windsor Public Library
Boozy Brunch
Sundays in March at The Tavern at Keney Park
Fencing Class
Mons & Weds at LP Wilson Community Center
Anime/Manga Club
Last Mondays at Windsor Public Library
Painting and Drawing 101 for Adults
Mondays at Windsor Art Center Studios
Healthy Eating Tips
Apr 30 at Windsor Public Library
Learn to Crochet
Apr 30 at Windsor Public Library
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Mons & Weds at LP Wilson Community Center
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
May 1 at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Windsor Business Connections
1st Wednesday at Bart's Drive In, 55 Palisado Ave, Windsor
Talk It Up Toastmasters Meeting
May 2 at 175 Addison Road, Windsor, CT
Free Playgroup
Fridays at Clover Family Resource Center
Boozy Brunch
Sundays in March at The Tavern at Keney Park
Fencing Class
Mons & Weds at LP Wilson Community Center
Painting and Drawing 101 for Adults
Mondays at Windsor Art Center Studios
Business Expo
May 7 at GE, Belcan Corp & Quest
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Mons & Weds at LP Wilson Community Center
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
May 8 at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Ukulele for Beginners-B
May 8 at Windsor High School J113
Alzheimer's Support Group
2nd Thursdays at Kimberly Hall N.
Free Playgroup
Fridays at Clover Family Resource Center
Windsor Lions Craft Fair
May 11 at Windsor Town Greene
Boozy Brunch
Sundays in March at The Tavern at Keney Park
Fencing Class
Mons & Weds at LP Wilson Community Center
Painting and Drawing 101 for Adults
Mondays at Windsor Art Center Studios
Art Demonstration by Kara Bigda
May 14 at L.P. Wilson Community Center.
Stress Reduction Discussion Group
2nd and 4th Tuesday at 107 Palisado Ave, Windsor, CT 06095-2514
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Mons & Weds at LP Wilson Community Center
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
May 15 at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Talk It Up Toastmasters Meeting
May 16 at 175 Addison Road, Windsor, CT
Free Playgroup
Fridays at Clover Family Resource Center
Kiwanis Shad Derby Road Race
May 18 at Windsor Center
Boozy Brunch
Sundays in March at The Tavern at Keney Park
Fencing Class
Mons & Weds at LP Wilson Community Center
Painting and Drawing 101 for Adults
Mondays at Windsor Art Center Studios
Hot Lunch Program-60&Up
Weekdays at the Senior Center
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Mons & Weds at LP Wilson Community Center
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
May 22 at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT