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Trein's Jewelry still shines with tradition

Family-owned business in its third generation

Published: Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Feb. 25, 2013 4:07 p.m. CDT
(Alex T. Paschal/apaschal@saukvalley.com)
Eric Brantley sets a princess-cut stone at his family jewelry store, Trein’s, in downtown Dixon. Trein’s, which also offers art glass from the Czech Republic, is celebrating 130 years in business in the same spot, at the corner of First Street and Hennepin Avenue.

DIXON – For 130 years, downtown Dixon has been treated to a taste of European elegance.

Specializing in art glass from the Czech Republic and diamonds from Belgium, Trein Jewelry still features the same signature products from when it first opened at the corner of First Street and Hennepin Avenue.

The store is owned by the Brantley family; Linda, her son, Eric, and her daughter-in-law, Judy.

S.S. Dodge and E.L. King moved to Dixon from Amboy and started the jewelry store on that same corner in 1883.

Kling, who was of Swedish descent, traveled to Europe to buy inventory.

The original store had hardwood floors and a pot belly stove to provide warmth.

"Some of the original cases still are in the showroom and add elegance to the store," said Linda Brantley, who was named Citizen of the Year in 1993 for her work to help restore the Historic Dixon Theatre.

The name changed when Dodge invited his young newspaper carrier, William Trein, of Dixon, to join the business. Trein changed the store's name in 1920.

He sold the business to Theodore Wolf and Julius Hess in 1944, and Gordon Brantley, from Austin, Minn., bought the store in 1965.

It has been in the Brantley family ever since.

"Now the fourth generation, although they are not in elementary school yet, often hang around the store and enjoy the jewelry and glass," Linda said.

Linda, Eric and Judy are active volunteers in the community. They are active in Dixon Main Street, the Historic Dixon Theatre, Loveland Community House and Museum and the Petunia Festival, to name a few.

"Trein's is a great business and very active and supportive in the community," said Josh Albrecht, executive director of Dixon Main Street.

Historic preservation has been one of the Brantley's active pursuits, including their very own business serving as a cornerstone to the downtown.

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