Jason is back on Dryden’s Spalding site ... and a star is on his way to open neighbouring Spalding Travel

Jason Coats has opened Element 78 Jewellery Ltd in Spalding. ANL-160512-123040001
Jason Coats has opened Element 78 Jewellery Ltd in Spalding. ANL-160512-123040001

A fabulous new jewellers has opened on the former Dryden’s site in Spalding and boss Jason Coats has found himself on familiar territory.

Spalding man Jason began his career in the jewellery business as an engraver with Dryden’s when he was 17.

Two shops from one: Element 78 Jewellery Ltd and Spalding Travel are basing themselves on the former Dryden's site in Market Place. ANL-160512-123136001

Two shops from one: Element 78 Jewellery Ltd and Spalding Travel are basing themselves on the former Dryden's site in Market Place. ANL-160512-123136001

He said: “I was with Dryden’s for 19 years and then I worked for Number One in Sheep Market for five years.I have had four years off and now I am back to it.”

His stylish Market Place shop, Element 78 Jewellery Ltd, stocks jewellery from famous names including Nominations, Sif Jakobs, Lucy Q and Tezer, as well as a range of Thomas Kent clocks.

Services include jewellery repairs and watch battery replacements.

Jason employs four part-time staff and says the business has been very well received by customers.

The old Dryden’s store has been split into two, with Element 78 taking one side and Spalding Travel, of Swan Street, poised to move in soon.

Jason said: “It has been completely gutted and refurbished from top to bottom – it’s nice to be back but strange.”

• Spalding Travel has invited JP (Josh Patterson) from Made in Chelsea to open its new Market Place premises at 1pm on December 19. Travel company bosses Christina Fitzpatrick and husband Steven bought Dryden’s and redeveloped it.