BOONE, Iowa- After more than a century, Eckstein's Jewelry will close its doors for the last time at the end of December. Owners Fred and Jacquie Grow have run the business for 29 years after taking over from 3 generations of the Eckstein Family, which started the business in 1899.
The 116-year-old store had seen declining business over the past several years. The store was a premier destination for people wanting to buy a watch.
“You’d sell a watch for high school graduation, thats what you get.” said Fred Grow. “Now kids have those cellphones almost glued to their hand, it’s like I don’t need a watch,”
The Grow’s have had a steady stream of well-wishers since they announced their closing in October. The Grows plan to stay in Boone to spend time with grandkids who live nearby.
"We're gonna close the doors, then we’re gonna do whatever we want to do," said Jacqueline Grow. "No we don’t want to go south for the winter we’re gonna stick right around here."
For the first time in the store’s existence, they now have no watches for sale. Only a few items of jewelry remain, and a few customers are coming in looking for a gift one last time. One woman also wanted to have her ring cleaned, another service provided which will be no more.