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Marshfield jewelry store receives Small Business of the Year Award

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MARSHFIELD (WAOW) - Wickersham Jewelry company has been serving its community for three generations, and has now received the 2014 Marshfield Small Business of the Year award.

The business started in 1959, when Glen Wickersham had an idea.

"They found a small place about 600 square feet up in Abbotsford and it started,” said Rob Wickersham, one of the co-owners.

55 years later, his children are keeping the tradition alive. Wickersham jewelry now has three locations, with one in Marshfield. The Marshfield location has been in different spots in 35 years. Last year, the location found a permanent home in an old Wendy's building.

"It's still a joke around here,” said Wickersham. “Every so often, people will say can I have fries with that, please?"

Last week, Wickersham's wife told him to attend an important Chamber of Commerce ceremony.

"They said, well you got to go to this, and my wife said one of our friends was getting an award,” said Wickersham. “So we went."

Little did he know, it was a surprise. Wickersham Jewelry was one of three nominees for the 2014 Marshfield Small Business of the Year award. At the meeting, he found out they won.

"It was overwhelming,” said Wickersham. “It was totally unbelievable."

The Chamber's director says the award is well deserved.

"The Wickersham's have been very well-known and very respected in the community,” said Scott Larson, the chamber's executive director. “So, I think it was well received by the community."

One factor in the award was the store's charitable work. The family volunteers at hospitals and with charity organizations across the state.

"You give back to the community, the community will usually give back to you," said Wickersham.

Glen Wickersham passed away two years ago. Owners say they will continue to carry on his legacy.

Wickersham Jewelry has two other locations in Rothschild and Rhinelander.

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