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Crestview jewerlry store closing after 20 years
CRESTVIEW -- The largest jewelry show room in Northwest Florida is closing..
Lewis and Company a family owned and run store has been in Crestview for nearly 20-years.
The owner is retiring selling all his merchandise .
"Lewis and Company has been in Crestview for nearly 20 years now jewelry is flying out of the cases as customers say goodbye."
Keith Lewis has been in the jewelry business for over 25-years.
Following his dream, he opened his own jewelry store 20-years ago, then it was called Gold Rush jewelry.
Now it's the largest show room in Northwest Florida.
After working for most of his life he says he's ready to retire.
Keith Lewis "Basically I'm tired and I'm ready to do something that I want to do for a while and I've worked all my life really hard."
People in the community are upset to see the hometown store close.
Ty Jackson "I'm pretty sad they are going out of business, but I know that Keith has worked hard."
"The out pouring from them has just been, it's just warmed my heart tremendously."
The store typically holds around 10,000 pieces of jewelry..
Keith Lewis "I have got everything in the store marked 50% to 70 % off and there is another 20% off of that and I've got a lot of other items in here knocked down to 80%."
When Ty Jackson is looking for jewelry he drives all the way from Tallahassee to shop at the store. He's been a loyal customer for 10-years.
"It's the best deals you can find and Keith is very trust worthy and when he tells you it's a good deal."
Tricia Gaddis couldn't agree more.
"It's sad because it's like family. You drop all of your jewelry off and get it cleaned and you know that you have no problems."
14-people work at the store and many have already made other arrangements for work... But plan to stay until the doors close.
Lauren Day "I worked in a place that was a corporate run facility and it was a lot different it wasn't as homie and you don't feel like everybody is a team and everybody works together here. It's great."
"Now they're not sure when the doors will close for good, but it will be a sad day when they do."