Community spirit shines at Mission's Lanka Jewels

Mission's Lanka Jewels has been around for more than 40 years, so how did the enterprise get started? Well, as you'll learn in this episode of Black Press Media's Focus TV with host Nathan Selvaraja and his father Ken, Lanka Jewels began with a hobby that grew into a successful career. "Being from Sri Lanka, where gems are the most important industry there, I decided to do a course to understand gems and gemmology," Ken recalls. "From there on, it evolved into a jewelry store and I started a small store in 1979." Those were happy days, way back in 1979, as the community was highly supportive of the new venture. Lanka Jewels became heavily involved in charities, including the hospital, hospice and school and sports activities. "We were there for them and in fact they were there for me," Ken says. He considers himself to be very fortunate to be at this level of success after more than four decades, and now the store is operated by Nathan and his sister Naomi. "Naomi and I are honoured to be able to continue this," Nathan says. "Thank you." "And we just want to sincerely thank the community," Ken says, "and thank you for watching." Interested in learning more about Lanka Jewels, a community-based family business? Head to Lanka Jewels in Mission, B.C., and check them out. Connect with Lanka Jewels: Online: Email: Phone: 604 - 826 - 5766 Visit: #346 - 32555 London Ave., Mission