And if, for example, you want a jewelry repair or to sell gold or silver (he is a buyer), he’ll tell you up front what he can do and what alternatives you might consider.
In other words, he treats you the way he would want himself or a member of his family to be treated.
Gilmer once had many jewelers, but with the passage of time, they gave way to the small jewelry departments of the megastores.
The opening of Harp’s marks the first full-line jewelry store in Gilmer since Stanfield’s closed its doors at the end of 2011.
Micah’s has been very busy since opening. Harp had to postpone the interview for this article several times.
He invites everyone to come by and see what the excitement is about.
The store’s many display cases include two full cases of bridal jewelry.
He is following a policy in Gilmer that he has at his original store, on N. Richmond Road in Texarkana.
If someone buys an engagement ring there, he will run a newspaper ad congratulating the happy couple.
His first such ad ran in April in The Gilmer Mirror.
While not a gemologist, Harp is knowledgeable about gemstones, and has a gemologist he can call upon if more expertise is needed.
He can explain the quality and grade of the gemstones he carries.
The jewelers’ profession runs in his family.
His grandfather, Ray Harp, opened a jewelry store in Hughes Springs in 1953. In 1964, he moved the store to Atlanta.
Another branch of Harp’s family continues to operate a jewelry store in Atlanta, while Micah founded his original store on Nov. 23, 2007, in Texarkana.
Micah tries to be in the store every Tuesday and every other Saturday. In the meantime, the store is capably managed by his father Danny, also a veteran of the jewelry business.
Kati Buller is a sales associate at the Gilmer store.
In addition to jewelry repair, the store also offers low-cost watch battery replacement ($5 for most watches).
And while replacing a battery is the limit of most jewelry store’s “watch-repair” capabilities, Harp has access to a watchmaker that can work on watches that might be worthy of repair (traditional mechanical watches, for instance). You can get an estimate before proceeding with repairs.
As to jewelry, “50 percent of our work is custom work,” Micah said. “We like to cater to everybody.”
That being stated, he also said he favors “classic designs, that will still look good and fashionable in 20 or 30 years or when passed on as an heirloom.”