Ed Piper opened a jewelry store in downtown Woodburn in 1923. He had just finished watch making school and married Edith Wanker. Woodburn was good to the Piper’s. Son they had three sons and a daughter. Of the three boys only one followed Ed into the business and that was middle son Harley who joined the firm in 1945, as the youngest licensed watch maker in the state of Oregon.
Harley became a partner and married Marian Davis. Woodburn continued to be good to the Pipers. The store grew in size so that by 1950 it encompassed 3000 sq. ft. A huge store by today’s standards. And one that featured every kind of jewelry as well as lead crystal, china, sterling silver flat wear, small kitchen appliances, men’s accessories such as wallets, razors and lighters, watches and repair. Harley’s and Marian’s family was growing as well. Soon they had a son and two daughters.
In 1967 Ed retired and Harley and Marian took over ownership of the business. The front street store was remodeled into a state of the art facility, which was featured in several trade magazines at the time.
In 1977 Harley’s son Charles joined the firm. A recent graduate of Oregon State University and married only 3 years to Becky Kahut, Charlie broke the family tradition and became a goldsmith. Over the years Piper’s grew adding stores in Canby and Wilsonville.
In 1995 Harley and Marian retired. And Charlie and Becky assumed ownership of the firm. Due to changes in the market place the Canby and Wilsonville stores were closed. In 2008 the Woodburn store was moved to a new location, just up the street from what had been home for over 25 years.
In 2007 Charlie made the first of what has become an annual pilgrimage to the “diamond capital of the world” Antwerp, Belgium. The Antwerp trip has become a greatly anticipated trip for many clients. And adds greatly to the buying experience at Piper’s.
Today Piper’s Jewelry features fine gold, platinum and silver jewelry. As well as wedding rings. Our jewelry is set with or without diamonds and precious colored stones. We do the design and manufacture of custom gold and platinum. We handle Citizen watches. We do jewelry and watch repair, and in the spirit of our founders the best "follow through service" anywhere!