Sam A. Mannisi Sr. opened Mannisi Jewelers 1953; amid the thriving business and shopping district of Wellston, the jewelry store was a success! Soon, Sam Sr. was joined by his brother Angelo Mannisi, after he completed his military service in the Navy. Sam Sr. was also a veteran, having served in the Army during World War II.
In the mid 1960’s the business expanded to include a pawnshop. The combination of a jewelry store and pawnshop in the same location has helped the business thrive into a staple of the community.
Four of Sam’s six children have worked at the store in some capacity throughout the years. Son and daughter, Sam Jr. and Diane, both started working at the store in the 1970’s and were the backbone of the business for over 40 years. Sam and Diane retired in 2022 and sold the business to their long term employee Bruce.
Mannisi Jewelers is still family owned and operated, providing the same kind of personal service upon which it was founded.