about our family business

The beginnings...

Founded by Stefanie and Klaus Wartenberg in the 1980s

The first ever Falcon’s Way location was situated in a modest alleyway-facing commercial space in the quaint Village Square of downtown Burlington, Ontario. As the business grew over the years, the store was gradually relocated to a corner shop and finally to its largest location more central within the Square. They specialized in fine jewellery and collectibles for many years, with Klaus as the goldsmith and Stefanie working front-of-store. 

Eventually planning on retiring, the store was closed and the two moved out East to Nova Scotia, excited for a quiet outdoor life where they could garden, and enjoy the sea and down-to-earth culture of the Maritimes. They opened a bed & breakfast for two years in their new home, but soon realized their hearts were still invested in Falcon’s Way. Thus, they closed their B&B and opened a storefront along the boardwalk strip of Annapolis Royal, which was open from May through December for close to 10 years.


Village Square location opened


Annapolis location opened

The second generation...

Sylvia’s career in the retail jewellery and appraisal industry has spanned thirty years. Her experience began working in the Village Square locations, where she was the store manager for three years. She is a Graduate Gemmologist of the Gemological Institute of America (1990), has completed the appraisals course offered by the Canadian Jewellers Institute (1995), and earned the designation CPPA from the Canadian Personal Property Appraisers Group (1998).

While the last brick-and-mortar store was in Nova Scotia, Sylvia has continued the Falcon’s Way business since 1999. Sylvia has since provided jewellery and appraisal services for numerous new and existing clients who have valued the excellent service that Falcon’s Way has always focused on providing.