Eugene’s New Chic Boutique: H Boutique
Stemming from the original Harry Ritchie Jewelers store comes a new, stylish, one-of-a-kind jewelry boutique named H Boutique, and it’s exclusively in Eugene.
The original Harry Ritchie Jewelry Store opened in the mid 1950′s in Eugene. Prior to Harry Ritchie opening his own family-run jewelry store, Ritchie worked at his wife’s uncle’s jewelry store in Portland: Weisfield’s. Weisfield’s was managed by Ritchie’s father-in-law, and he offered Ritchie a job at the Portland store in 1944. By 1946, Ritchie was promoted and relocated to Eugene to open and manage a new Weisfield’s. For 10 years, Ritchie worked at the Weisfield’s in Eugene and was well-known and liked for being a friendly and honest man.
Because Ritchie was an entrepreneur at heart, he wanted to open his own jewelry store where he could offer people high quality jewelry at affordable prices, and he opened his first jewelry store in Eugene and named it after himself, Harry Ritchie’s Jewelers, which was and remains very successful.
Although Ritchie passed away in 2006, his children and grandchildren now own and operate the company, and there are over 31 locations throughout the Northwest.
H Boutique is located on the bottom floor of Eugene’s prestigious downtown landmark hotel, The Inn at the 5th, and the historical Fifth Street Public Market. Owned by third generation Ritchie, Tobey Ritchie, H Boutique offers services unlike any other jewelry store in our area; such as, complimentary champagne and espresso, spa-like treatment for guests’ jewelry and personal jewelry stylists that offer a concierge style experience.
The night before the H Boutique’s official opening, VIP guests were invited to a special preview event, and a co-worker and I were delighted to arrive in one of the courtyards of the Fifth Street Public Market to a red carpet entrance, complete with a professional photographer. Gold gift bags with the boutique’s logo were offered to each guest, along with signature champagne cocktails, local brews, locally made wine and delicious gourmet hors d’ oeuvres from Marché, including 24 Karat Chocolate Brownies.
Once we made our way into the H Boutique, I immediately noticed a wall of watches, some gold and silver, some with diamond inlays, but many with bright colors. Personal jewelry stylist and H Boutique employee, Damon, showed us the multiple color swatches of the TechnoMarine watches, which come in just about every color imaginable. Some of the other brands offered at the boutique include notable names such as Movado, Michael Kors, Michele and Citizen Signature. If desired, an appointment can be made with Damon, or any of the other personal stylists at H Boutique, so finding the perfect watch is made simple.
In addition to an impressive line-up of watches, H Boutique has gorgeous bridal collections and unique fashion jewelry collections, and I was told that some of their options include pieces under $30 dollars – which makes me think Tobey Ritchie is following in her grandfather’s footsteps: high quality jewelry at affordable prices.
H Boutique is open Monday – Wednesday 10 am – 7 pm, Thursday – Saturday 10 am – 8 pm and Sunday 11 am – 5 pm and is located at 248 East Fifth Avenue, Suite 15, Eugene.