South Norwalk jewelry store celebrates 70 years in business

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Larry Pellegrini, owner of Pelliegrini Jewelers on Washington St. talks about bridge options and the Connecticut Department of Transportation’s investigation seeking input from Norwalk businesses that will be impacted by the walking bridge replacement on Thursday, April 12 2018 at Norwalk Conn.

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NORWALK — A family-owned jewelry store in South Norwalk celebrated its 70th year in business with a proclamation from the mayor.

Watchmaker Loreto Pellegrini opened the Washington Street store in 1951, where it still stands, run by Pellegrini’s son, Lawrence Pellegrini, and his wife Carol, according to a city proclamation.

Loreto Pellegrini entered the U.S. Army in 1943, was wounded in 1944, and hospitalized until 1946. After he recovered, he was awarded a Purple Heart and attended Bulova Trade School in New York, the statement said.

Bulova was specifically designed for injured American veterans to learn a highly skilled trade to embark on new careers in watchmaking. Pellegrini went on to teach watchmaking in school and was offered a position at the David Pinkas jewelry store in SoNo, according to the statement.

“In 1949, Loreto and his wife Patricia moved to Norwalk because of the exciting job offer and to start a family,” reads the town’s proclamation. “Together they have two beautiful children; son, Lawrence; daughter, Donna.

Pellegrini first opened the store at 129 Washington St., moved to 81 Washington St. in 1961, then to 85 Washington St. in 1987, where it remains today.

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