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

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

 "I have decided within the last year that I am just tired," he said. "I have actually been working since I was 10 years old; I am just at the point in my life where I am ready to slow down."

And to move on. Lewis isn't just closing shop; he's also leaving Florida.

Instead of dealing in diamonds and gold — and displaying humorous, memorable billboards to attract people to the store — Lewis will be hunting, fishing and spending time with his grandchildren in Gantt, Ala. 

Still, the decision is bittersweet, he said.

"I know I will miss everybody," Lewis said. "I have made thousands of friends in the 20 years I have been here."

And not just from business, Sparagowski will tell you.

"Keith has been a part of the community in everything from (being) the Spanish Trail Cruisers Poker Run sponsor to Relay For Life to assisting my sons — one through Boy Scouts and becoming an Eagle Scout, and one with raising funds for his People-to-People Ambassador trip."

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