Company History

Who We Are

Since 1988, RamZs Emporium has been serving the greater Lafayette area in antiques, jewelry, and much, much more. We provide everything from wedding jewelry sets to coin sets for sale. Not only do we offer plenty of antiques and collectibles to purchase, but we even do appraisals for the ones you already own!

Our expert staff also offers jewelry repair services, as well as a notary for your important documents. Whether you are in search of collectible coins, pistols, or even engagement rings, RamZs Emporium has what you are looking for! Stop by today to browse our inventory!

Randy and Melony Ramz, owner of Ramzs Emporium

A few words about

OUR HISTORY

Randy and Melony “gave birth” to Ram-Z Exchange in October 1988 on Elmwood Avenue in Lafayette, Indiana as a jewelry store that also sold some antiques, collectibles, coins and firearms. The doors opened to a new adventure Thanksgiving weekend.

  • Nov 27, 1986

    Opening Day

    Randy and Melony “gave birth” to Ram-Z Exchange in October 1988 on Elmwood Avenue in Lafayette, Indiana as a jewelry store that also sold some antiques, collectibles, coins and firearms. The doors opened to a new adventure Thanksgiving weekend.

  • Oct 18, 1990

    Lightening Strikes - Twice!

    After about a year, lightning struck our building, taking out phones and neon signs. We were told that the strip mall that housed our business and four others was on fire because of a strong lightning and wind storm. We took a real loss but set up elsewhere for three months while the building was being reconstructed. When we moved back in, we added more space to our current store. But lightning struck yet another time, bringing to a halt everything electrical.

  • Nov 27, 2019

    Obstacles

    The railroad relocation kept customers away because of road closings. Then, the day before Thanksgiving, five houses blew up from a gas line leak just a block away and shut the neighborhood down including Ram-Z Exchange, causing loss of income on one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year. Through it all, we never felt alone and always felt God's presence and leading.

  • Nov 27, 2019

    Growing

    Like the energizer bunny, we "just kept going" and getting bigger and better. We became more and more crowded, so we took over each suite until we had acquired every foot of the strip mall. One day, Melony spotted a beautiful building for sale on Farabee Drive, formally called the Hope Thrift Center. Randy was a bit apprehensive about moving their entire business. But after Melony talked it over with her three children who worked at the shop, they talked Randy into considering it.

  • Jul 4, 2007

    The Move

    The closing date was set for Randy's birthday, July 24, 2007, and Melony planned a surprise party for Randy to celebrate both events.

    Friends and customers helped the family prepare the building for use. Randy and Melony’s children were AWESOME. They worked so hard, sending their parents home to rest as they completed preparing for opening day, October 8, 2007, and the Grand opening followed on November 7th. December brought recognition by the Chamber of Commerce Small Business Committee, and they received the Small Business of the Month award. In March 2008 they hosted a Chamber Business After Hours reception receiving compliments as the most and the best food ever.

  • Jan 15, 2000

    Randy's Heart Surgery

    Melony’s mother died due to complications from a by-pass surgery in December 1999, so in January 2000 when Randy said his chest was hurting and was out of breath, Melony sent him directly to the doctor. Randy had a successful triple by-pass, but missed six weeks of work. Their children, Chad, Corey & Amanda jumped in and took control managing the shop. The kindness, care and compassion that Randy and Melony and their family have given to their customers, employees, church and community always comes back to them triple-fold.

  • Jan 15, 2007

    The Break-In

    In January 2007, three young men were found cutting a hole in the roof of the building to break in and steal merchandise. Melony went to the hearing and when she was introduced to the Prosecuting Attorney she asked, “What does that mean?” She was told, “He is on your side and will prosecute to the degree of the law.” Melony’s reply was, “Well, I’m on his side and I want to see if we can help him,” referring to one of the young men being prosecuted. Melony had written a letter to the court stating her concern for the young men’s lives and the direction they were going and wondered if there was anything they could do to help them. Melony’s mother was a mentor for a program called VORP which brought offender and the offended persons together to resolve the problem. Melony requested that each boy be required to work for the Ramseys, unpaid, until they had fulfilled some of their community service hours.

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