A jewelry store in business for 110 years in downtown Duluth is closing up shop and shifting business mainly to online operations, the Duluth News Tribune reports.
After Garon Bros. Jewelers' inventory is liquidated in the next few weeks, customers will be able to make appointments online for custom-made rings and other jewelry. Dave Blustin, the majority owner of the business, tells the paper that most of the store's customers are already making appointments anyway, and are using Garon Bros.' website like "an online showroom of our offerings."
Another jewelry store, John Marxhausen Jewelry, recently closed up shop in Duluth after the owner retired, and the co-owner of Security Jewelers says he's sad to see Garon Bros. closing its brick-and-mortar operations, too.
"Even though they’re competitors, I hate to see competitors go out. Duluth needs more business, not less,” says Jack Seiler of Security Jewelers, which has been in business in the city for 90 years.
The announcement by Garon Bros. comes on the heels of a Northland's Newscenter report on a survey that finds Duluth's downtown is more inviting and appealing.
"Downtown Duluth has a lot of potential, definitely with the old architecture and a lot of history," the survey says.