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The Family Jewelers

A son uses a franchise to follow in his father's jewelry-fixing footsteps.

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This story appears in the October 2001 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

When Ben Vargas was little, he'd sit on his father's lap and watch him fix watches. Later, father and son worked side-by-side as jewelers for the Navy.

Today, Vargas, 39, is running his own shop. The owner of a Fast-Fix Jewelry Repairs franchise in Temecula, California, Vargas repairs, designs, engraves and makes jewelry and watches, and repairs eyeglasses.

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