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All In The Family

By Staff | Jan 8, 2016

Sheri and Fred Lien, owners of Lien's Jewelry, are shown in this submitted photo with their two dogs in the store in downtown Minot. Lien's Jewelry is a fourth generation family owned and operated jewelry store.

For some families, it’s a tradition to play a certain sport or to play a specific musical instrument. For other families, the tradition is to take over the family farm or business. The tradition for the Lien family is to be in the business of jewelry.

Lien’s Jewelry, located at 107 South Main St. in Minot, is a fourth generation family-owned and operated jewelry store. The store has been in business since 1903, though not always in downtown Minot.

Sheri Lien, along with her husband Fred, are co-owners of the store. Fred’s great-grandfather started Lien’s Jewelry in the Bottineau area and his grandfather started one in Rugby and then moved to Minot. Fred, along with his wife, bought the business from his parents 10 years ago. Lien’s Jewelry has been located in downtown Minot for 25 years, since 1990. They are proud to offer the same friendly, personal service that has become synonymous with the Lien family name.

It’s not for certain that Lien’s Jewelry will be a fifth generation business, however. Sheri Lien said her daughter currently works there, but they will have to see what the future holds.

Lien’s Jewelry offers a full line of jewelry, clocks and watches. They also offer full-service repair work on jewelry, clocks or watches right in the store.

Lien said diamond jewelry is the most popular item sold in the store. The Christmas holiday and Valentine’s Day are both busy times in the industry, she added. “We’ll be having certain deals coming up so people will have to stay tuned,” Lien said.

One of the big issues for some of the businesses in downtown Minot this past year has been the construction, which impacted nearby businesses. Lien said the construction had an impact, but business has been okay. “It’s as good as can be expected,” she added. “We have our loyal customers.”

Customers keep coming back to Lien’s Jewelry for their customer service and for the services the store offers since it’s a full-service repair shop. “We hand pick everything, too,” Lien said. Lien’s Jewelry has provided generations of trust and offer years of experience, she added.

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