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

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

The store's 11 employees, including family members, have already made plans for life after Lewis & Co., Keith Lewis said.

Joey Tinklepaugh, Lewis' son, plans to open a jewelry repair and design shop. Russell plans to spend more quality time with her children.  

For now, the store is selling off remaining merchandise, including engagement rings and  men's and women's watches. Everything has been marked down, up to 70 percent off, Lewis said.

 "It's going to go fast, so if people want to buy for Christmas, they need to get in here," he said.

No close date has been set, but Lewis said the store would be open after the holidays, even if all the merchandise is sold and it's just to assist customer needs including ring-size adjustments.

"Just because I am closing doesn't mean I don't love my customers," he said.

"This is why Keith has been so successful!" Sparagowski said. "His staff of family members knows you when you enter, and never treat you like a customer. You are family...

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