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Ackerman Jewelers looks to shine in South Tampa

Tampa's official jeweler, Ackerman Jewelers recently opened its second location on November 1 in South Tampa at 2514 West Kennedy Blvd. Pictured from left are Ron and Tina Ackerman, former Tampa Police Chief and mayoral candidate Jane Castor, The Lightning Bug, and Tampa Bay Lightning co-founder Phil Esposito at its grand opening. Special to the Times | Richard McFarlin
Published Dec. 6, 2018

After operating for the last 35 years solely in Carrollwood, the family owned and operated jeweler, Ackerman Jewelers recently opened its second location at 2514 W Kennedy Blvd.

Deemed the official jeweler of the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Ackerman opened on Nov. 1 and couldn't be happier to finally make it to the other side of town.

"We feel like it's a different side of town that we weren't reaching and we were missing a large section of the population that just didn't want to travel that far," said store manager Richard McFarlin.

"We opened in such a short span of time and it was full swing election season so we couldn't get a single billboard. But now it's about getting our foot in the door in the South Tampa market and getting people to realize we're here."

The quaint 4,000 square foot space offers a more intimate vibe and carries the top 18 designers from the 65 different vendors sold at the Carrollwood location. Such designers include Hearts on Fire, Forevermark, John Hardy, Simon G. and more.

In house, Ackerman Jewelers has a certified watch maker and a master jeweler who specializes in bridal and engagement rings.

Ackerman Jewelers operates from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9:30 a.m. to 5 pm. on Saturday. For more information call (813) 492-2514 or visit

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