'... They're friends': Lewis & Co. closing after 20 years in Crestview

Lewis & Co. Jewelers

Lewis & Co. Jewelers owner Keith Lewis, center, inspects a diamond necklace with potential customer Jason McDonald of Crestview and sales associate Linda Tuttle during the 21-year-old Crestview business' liquidation sale. Lewis said he's closing the business to retire in Gantt, Ala.

Published: Friday, December 6, 2013 at 04:19 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Keith Lewis, owner of Lewis & Co. Jewelers, says shuttering the business he has operated here for more than 20 years has been an "emotional" process.

"I have seen generations (of customers) come through this store," he said of the North Ferdon Boulevard business he grew from 875 to 5,000 square feet.

His departure won't be easy on his customers, either.

"Lewis & Co. ... is more than a jeweler; they're friends," Nancy Sparagowski, of Crestview, said. "Rachel Lewis Russell (Lewis' daughter) and Keith have provided personal assistance and their time without you ever feeling like they have other customers."

"We have been doing business with Keith and all his coworkers ever since he started in the jewelry business," Lee Ann Julius said. "Their customer service is excellent, and no other business can even come close ... I just hate seeing them go. They seem like family and they also treat you that way.

"Sad to say that this is the last Christmas we both will be getting jewelry. Keith had the best selection, prices and people working for him. (We) will not be satisfied doing business anywhere else."

Such sentiments would flatter Lewis, but still, it's time to retire, he said.  

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