Federal Way Custom Jewelers has served the people of South King County from the community of Federal Way, Washington for over two generations. The store was opened in 1955, and it remains today the oldest continuously operating jewelry store in the region. It began as one of the original complement of businesses included in the Federal Way Shopping Center.
This was the first shopping center in Federal Way, and was quite innovative for its time, with multiple buildings, and each of the 50 merchant spaces named for one of the states. The shopping center, located on Pacific Highway South (then known as Federal Highway 99, which became the city's namesake), featured many historic log buildings from pioneer days. There was also an Olde World Square, which was constructed with the guidance of European craftsmen, an indoor amusement center known as Toray, as well as a passenger train, which encircled the property, among other attractions.
The shopping center was considered visionary for its time, but eventually, as explosive growth and inevitable progress came to Federal Way, it was slated for redevelopment as a new shopping center. It was at this time, exactly 40 years later, in 1995, that our store was relocated to its beautiful and more spacious current Federal Way location in Sea-Tac Village, across from Sea-Tac Mall, where we continue to serve the wishes and desires of our many wonderful customers.
Rene Criss has been owner and custom jewelry designer for 32 years, and his wife and business partner, Lorraine Meckley-Criss (seen here), delight in seeing a piece of jewelry go from concept to precious reality. Federal Way Custom Jewelers is the manifestation of creativity and value for our customers and Rene is proud to be a part of every precious moment aided by jewelry from our Store.