In September 2020 Shane Hinton of Hinton Jewellers marks the milestone of 17 years of trading from Balhannah, South Australia. He recalls the day in 2003 when he opened his jewellery studio to the public, which was then trading from Onkaparinga Valley Road, before his relocation in 2016 to his current location at 7/24 Bridge Street, Balhannah.
“The Adelaide Hills has been such a fantastic location for me to operate from and its people have been so loyal in coming back to see me regularly for whatever work they need done.” says Shane. “It’s been really thrilling for me in recent years, to now see the children of my past clients also coming to see me for their jewellery. I have been so fortunate that my clients have spread their stories of my work to their families, friends and work colleagues, to the extent that I have rarely even had the time to need contemplate advertising.”
Being a one-man operation Shane is constantly busy each workday – doing everything from answering the phones, to consulting personally with each of his clients and of course, sitting at his workbench intricately hand-making the beautiful pieces they commission from him.
His wife, Roz handles the financial, administration, website and social networking facets of the business after hours and helps out occasionally in-store also, if needed.
“We just love living and working in this Community and can’t imagine doing so anywhere else. It’s been a delight to raise our family here over these past 17 years, and to have been supported in business through all that time by our local community through our loyal returning customers has been very special to us and we are extremely grateful.”