Dexter Filming Locations: The Jewelry Store


The location: The Jewelry Store.

Q. What is it supposed to be on the show?

    A. A jewelry store.

Q. Where is it supposed to be on the show?

    A. On Second Street, in Miami.

Q. When did we see it on the show?

    A. In Episode 8 (of season 3), "The Damage a Man Can Do".

    Debra goes with Dexter to a jewelry store, to help him buy a wedding ring for Rita.

    When she tells him that it should match the engagement ring, he tells her that Rita told him she didn't want an engagement ring.

    This shocks Debra, who berates Dex for being an idiot (for having believed Rita), and tells him to buy both rings.

    She also asks him for advice on her own love life (with Anton), pretending that it's just a hypothetical question.  But when Dexter tells her the obvious, it isn't what she wants to hear, so she gets angry and exits.

Q. What is it actually in real life?

    A. A jewelry store - but nowhere near Miami.

Q. Where can I find it in real life?

    A. This was filmed inside Universal Jewelers,
    at 4718 Admiralty Way, in Marina del Rey.

    The store is located in a shopping center known as "Waterside, Marina del Rey",  which is on Admiralty Way, between Fiji and Mindanau Ways.

    That is the same shopping center where you'll find the boating store where Dexter took Miguel shopping for killing supplies, in this same episode.

    It's within walking distance of both the Miami Metro police station and the park where Dexter & Rita are married at the end of the season.

    It's also about half a mile southeast of the bloody hotel from the first season.

    Here is a photo of the store's exterior:

Here is a Google StreetView of the center.

Here is an aerial photo of the store. And here is a map link.

Q. How the heck did you figure out where it was?

    A. I didn't.  This one was a tip from a fan, J Ryan.

    Since it was strictly an interior shot, with no view of the store's exterior, I had no way of knowing where it was.

    My hunch was that it might be on Second Street, the main shopping boulevard of Belmont Shore (in Long Beach), since the script mentions the store being on Second Street, and they film often in Long Beach.  But that turned out to be a false lead.  As usual, they misled us about the actual address.

    It wasn't until six years later, in late 2014, that I was contacted by J Ryan, a new Dexter fan, who recognized the store interior in the scene as his and my wife's jeweler, Universal Jewelers.

    I was able to easily confirm it by looking at photos on the store's website.
      ( Thanks, J Ryan! )

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