They say you can escape your past but not your genes. Tim Hiatt, owner of Ellis Jewelers in Lexington, North Carolina just might agree. Although he has no father, uncle or brother to point to when it comes to his jewelry legacy, he can point to his grandfather as inspiration for becoming an entrepreneur. Although Varner Berrier, aka Papaw, owned a small grocery store, Tim often wonders if he’s standing in the middle of his own store today because he grew up at the heels of his business-smart Papaw. Calling it his ‘retail gene,’ Tim believes it was an intangible trait passed down that helped him get to where he is today.