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Longtime jewelry business closing doors for good

by John Wilmer

CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -- Store closings have become a common site across the country, but here in eastern Iowa one store is not closing because of the economy.

In 1955 Schilling Jewelers opened its doors in Cedar Falls and early next year those doors will close for good. Tim Schilling runs this third generation business, but because of some health concerns he decided to close the store.

"Business retail has gotten harder, but we've always been up to the challenge," Tim Schilling said.

Family continues to help out including Tim's father, Richard.

"I've been doing this for 63 years and I figure ya know I deserve a break," Former owner Richard Schilling said.

Since the announcement of the closing more and more customers have been making their way to the store taking advantage of the deals. Wayne Heins and his wife came to pick out a ring.

"Been in business a long time and we were satisfied with what we got and that's why were back again," Heins said.

When Schilling Jewelers finally closes it's doors it won't be the only store front that will be sitting empty. Here in downtown Cedar Falls a number of store fronts are already empty. Many people say it's just a sign of the times.

"I'm trying my darndest to get another family owned jewelry store in here," Tim Schilling said.

For those who have called this business home for so long the last day will be a tough one.

"It's just a business we've enjoyed. I know a lot of people who go to work everyday and hate it, but I've never regretted coming to work," Richard Schilling said.


Online Reporter: John Wilmer

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