Ken’s son Cole now manages snowflake design based on photos of actual snowflakes. “He specializes in CAD design, laser engraving, and 3D printing as well old-world jeweler skills.”

The outdoors still calls to Ken. “I love to ski, hike, fish, rockhound, canoe, and find fossils and minerals to feature in the store,” he says. Ken gives back by supporting local charities and sponsoring the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

But for all his love of the outdoors and gemstones, Ken is a people person. “And it’s a good thing!” he laughs. “Because my wife and I have ten kids and 18 grandkids!”

“Stop by and say ‘Hi’,” Ken says from his store at 430 Main Street. “I love to meet everyone.” A typically welcoming sentiment from Ken Whipple, our jeweler with a heart of gold.