> 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

Fencing Class
Mondays & Wednesdays at LP Wilson Community Center
Hot Lunch Program-60&Up
Weekdays at the Senior Center
Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration
Jan 21 at Windsor Town Hall Council Chambers
Learn to Crochet
Jan 22 at Windsor Public Library
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Mondays & Wednesdays at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Jan 23 at Windsor Public Library
Middle School Open House
Jan 23 at St. Gabriel School 77 Bloomfield Ave. Windsor, CT 06095
Networking with South Windsor
Jan 23 at Pete's CARSTAR, 459 John Fitch Blvd (rt 5), South Windsor
Ukulele for Beginners-B
Jan 23 at Windsor High School J113
Taco Bar Thursdays
Jan 24 at The Tavern at Keney Park
Yoga--55 & Older
Jan 24 at Windsor Senior Center
All Day Happy Hour Fridays
Jan 25 at The Tavern at Keney Park
Book Babies
Jan 25 at Windsor Public Library
Free Playgroup
Jan 25 at Clover Family Resource Center
Meet the Executive Director!
Jan 25 at Chamber office, 261 Broad St, Windsor CT 06095
Tai Chi for Beginners--55 & Older
Jan 25 at Windsor Senior Center
Tai Chi Intermed & Advanced-Seniors
Jan 25 at Windsor Senior Center
First Windsor FTC Qualifier
Jan 26 at Windsor high school gym
Prime Rib Buffet
Jan 26 at The Tavern at Keney Park
Downton Abbey Inspired Tea
Jan 27 at Windsor Public Library
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Fencing Class
Mondays & Wednesdays at LP Wilson Community Center
Anime/Manga Club
Last Mondays of the month at The Windsor Public Library, 323 Broad Street, Windsor CT 06095
Monday Morning Book Club
Jan 28 at Windsor Public Library
Tai Chi Intermed & Advanced-Seniors
Jan 28 at Windsor Senior Center
Learn to Crochet
Jan 29 at Windsor Public Library
Oscar Nominee Series
Jan 29 at Windsor Public Library
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Mondays & Wednesdays at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Jan 30 at Windsor Public Library
Taco Bar Thursdays
Jan 31 at The Tavern at Keney Park
Yoga--55 & Older
Jan 31 at Windsor Senior Center
Book Babies
Feb 1 at Windsor Public Library
Comedy Club hosted by WJWC
Feb 1 at Skyline Restaurant 106 Ella Grasso Turnpike Windsor Locks, CT
Craft Beer & Tavern Games!
Feb 1 at Windsor Historical Society
Free Playgroup
Feb 1 at Clover Family Resource Center
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Fencing Class
Mondays & Wednesdays at LP Wilson Community Center
Learn to Crochet
Feb 5 at Windsor Public Library
Oscar Nominee Series
Feb 5 at Windsor Public Library
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Mondays & Wednesdays at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Feb 6 at Windsor Public Library
National Frozen Yogurt Day
Feb 6 at 1095 Kennedy Road Ste, 7B Windsor, CT 06095
Progressive Whist Games--55 & Older
Feb 6 at Windsor Senior Center
Windsor Business Connections
1st Wednesday unless noted
Little Picassos
Feb 7 at Windsor Public Library
Yoga--55 & Older
Feb 7 at Windsor Senior Center
Book Babies
Feb 8 at Windsor Public Library
Free Playgroup
Feb 8 at Clover Family Resource Center
Grown up game night at the Bean
Feb 9 at House of Books and Games
Open Skate at Loomis Ice Rink
Select Sundays at Loomis Chaffee Ice rink
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Fencing Class
Mondays & Wednesdays at LP Wilson Community Center
Cut the Cord
Feb 11 at Windsor Public Library
Editing Videos on your smart phone
Feb 12 at Windsor Community Television at LP Wilson Community Center
Learn to Crochet
Feb 12 at Windsor Public Library
Oscar Nominee Series
Feb 12 at Windsor Public Library
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Mondays & Wednesdays at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Feb 13 at Windsor Public Library
Business After Hours
Feb 13 at Spare Time
Alzheimer's Support Group
2nd Thursdays at Kimberly Hall N.
Lover's Lobster Dinner
Feb 14 at The Tavern at Keney Park.. 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Yoga--55 & Older
Feb 14 at Windsor Senior Center
Book Babies
Feb 15 at Windsor Public Library
Free Playgroup
Feb 15 at Clover Family Resource Center
Macrame Plant Hanger Workshop
Feb 16 at Windsor Public Library
The Windsor Feud
Feb 16 at Windsor Town Hall
Open Skate at Loomis Ice Rink
Select Sundays at Loomis Chaffee Ice rink
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Fencing Class
Mondays & Wednesdays at LP Wilson Community Center
Jan's Sewing Hour
Feb 19 at Windsor Public Library
Learn to Crochet
Feb 19 at Windsor Public Library
Oscar Nominee Series
Feb 19 at Windsor Public Library
Windsor Junior Woman's Club Meeting
Feb 19 at Union Street Tavern in Windsor Center
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Mondays & Wednesdays at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Feb 20 at Windsor Public Library
Progressive Whist Games--55 & Older
Feb 20 at Windsor Senior Center
Hot Lunch Program-60&Up
Weekdays at the Senior Center
Little Picassos
Feb 21 at Windsor Public Library
Macrame Plant Hanger Workshop
Feb 21 at Windsor Public Library
Yoga--55 & Older
Feb 21 at Windsor Senior Center
Book Babies
Feb 22 at Windsor Public Library
Free Playgroup
Feb 22 at Clover Family Resource Center
Book signing David Kantrowitz
Feb 23 at House of Books and Games
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Fencing Class
Mondays & Wednesdays at LP Wilson Community Center
Anime/Manga Club
Last Mondays of the month at The Windsor Public Library, 323 Broad Street, Windsor CT 06095
Monday Morning Book Club
Feb 25 at Windsor Public Library
Gut Health
Feb 26 at Windsor Public Library
Learn to Crochet
Feb 26 at Windsor Public Library
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Mondays & Wednesdays at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Feb 27 at Windsor Public Library
Ukulele for Beginners-B
Feb 27 at Windsor High School J113
Yoga--55 & Older
Feb 28 at Windsor Senior Center
Book Babies
Mar 1 at Windsor Public Library
Free Playgroup
Mar 1 at Clover Family Resource Center
Traditional and Modern Community Dan
Mar 1 at Windsor High School Cafeteria
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Fencing Class
Mondays & Wednesdays at LP Wilson Community Center
Jolly Beggars
Mar 5 at Windsor Public Library
Learn to Crochet
Mar 5 at Windsor Public Library
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Mondays & Wednesdays at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Mar 6 at Windsor Public Library
Progressive Whist Games--55 & Older
Mar 6 at Windsor Senior Center
Windsor Business Connections
1st Wednesday unless noted
Little Picassos
Mar 7 at Windsor Public Library
Book Babies
Mar 8 at Windsor Public Library
Free Playgroup
Mar 8 at Clover Family Resource Center
Traditional and Modern Community Dan
Mar 8 at Windsor High School Cafeteria
RPG Sale!
Mar 9 at House of Books and Games
Taste of Windsor
Mar 9 at Loomis Chaffee School, Windsor
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Fencing Class
Mondays & Wednesdays at LP Wilson Community Center
Cut the Cord
Mar 11 at Windsor Public Library
Learn to Crochet
Mar 12 at Windsor Public Library
Portugal Travel Presentation
Mar 12 at Windsor Chamber of Commerce office
Social Media 101 for your nonprofit
Mar 12 at Windsor Community Television at LP Wilson Community Center
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Mondays & Wednesdays at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Mar 13 at Windsor Public Library
Alzheimer's Support Group
2nd Thursdays at Kimberly Hall N.
Book Babies
Mar 15 at Windsor Public Library
Free Playgroup
Mar 15 at Clover Family Resource Center
Traditional and Modern Community Dan
Mar 15 at Windsor High School Cafeteria
Memory Savers
Mar 16 at Windsor Public Library
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Fencing Class
Mondays & Wednesdays at LP Wilson Community Center
Jan's Sewing Hour
Mar 19 at Windsor Public Library
Learn to Crochet
Mar 19 at Windsor Public Library
Windsor Junior Woman's Club Meeting
Mar 19 at Union Street Tavern in Windsor Center
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Mondays & Wednesdays at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Mar 20 at Windsor Public Library
Progressive Whist Games--55 & Older
Mar 20 at Windsor Senior Center
Hot Lunch Program-60&Up
Weekdays at the Senior Center
Little Picassos
Mar 21 at Windsor Public Library
Memory Savers
Mar 21 at Windsor Public Library
Book Babies
Mar 22 at Windsor Public Library
Free Playgroup
Mar 22 at Clover Family Resource Center
Traditional and Modern Community Dan
Mar 22 at Windsor High School Cafeteria