Lisa Showalter, born and raised in Lawrence, has been working for Mark's Jewelers, 817 Mass., for more than 18 years. A customer when she was younger and the acquaintance of a woman who worked there eventually led to her employment. Showalter takes care of staffing needs; assists with buying and the evaluating of merchandise; maintains the appraisal files and handles any concerns and questions from the customers and staff.
"I've always had an admiration for this store," Showalter said. "I enjoy working here because the only thing that keeps me in the work force is having the supportive employers I have."
Married and the mother of a little girl, Showalter said her employers are flexible and family-oriented, which allows her to maintain a good balance between work and home.
-- Showalter is this week's Journal-World Business Spotlight, a feature on employees who work behind the scenes at Lawrence-area businesses.