VAN WERT – For the first time in its nearly 70 year history, Laudick’s Jewelry is under ownership outside of their family. Longtime employee Mike Lichtle and his wife Amanda recently purchased both locations.

Lichtle has been associated with Laudick’s Jewelry since 1994, when he began working in the store in sales, jewelry repair, engraving, and other capacities. When the possibility presented itself to own the business, Lichtle jumped at his dream opportunity 25 years in the making.

“I am privileged enough to keep the Laudick name and look forward to providing the high quality of product and community focus that was instilled in me by Steve and Deb. I’ve been fortunate to work under all three generations of Laudicks, and I am proud to continue with the same employees,” said Lichtle.

When not traveling, Steve Laudick will continue to provide product knowledge and guidance while Deb Laudick and Katie Laudick-Harting will be involved on the business side to ensure a good transition and customer commitment for which they are known. Quick turnaround on in-house jewelry repair will remain a high priority for the new owner.

An open house and ribbon cutting will be held on Friday, Jan.11 from 4-6 p.m. Refreshments will be served and giveaways will be offered to those in attendance.