Sarah McKenzie

85-year-old jeweler leaves with a twinkle in his eye

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Ben Badiner retires after 70 years in the business

Downtown jeweler Ben Badiner, 85, says he treats all customers the same whether they spend $10 in his store or $1,000.

He picked up the habit from his father, David Badiner, a Russian immigrant who started Badiner Jewelers in North Minneapolis in 1928.

"I learned from my father to be nice to everybody," he said, reminiscing on his 70 years in the jewelry business -- which will end with his announced retirement early next year.

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