Weiss' father, Nate Weiss, started Glennpeter Jewelers Diamond Center in 1950 in Schenectady. Today, the business is still in the family. Between its five stores (two are in Colonie, one is in Rotterdam, one is in Saratoga Springs and the last is in Clifton Park), Glennpeter Jewelers Diamond Center employees about 50 people locally.
"We're doing great here," said Weiss, who has worked for the business for over 30 years.
"I grew up in the business. I have an economics degree and I'm a graduate gemologist from Gemological Institute of America," said Weiss. "I always knew [I wanted to be in the business] since I was a little kid."
He started out by working in his family's store at the Mohawk Mall in Rotterdam.
"I used to work that store because it was close to home," said Weiss.
"It's a family affair, honestly. My now-28-year-old son wanted a very comfortable place to hang out and my daughter wanted to use the birthday party room for her friends," said Weiss of some of his store's special features. He looked to family for their contributions and ideas.
"[My older brother] said that after he's finished with his residency, then he wants to do something with this business, and my dad said that when he retires he wants me and my older brother to take it over," said Dayva Weiss, Jeff's daughter.