PENSACOLA, FLA.(WEAR-TV) — This Christmas shopping season will be the last for a downtown Pensacola jewelry store. Meadows' Jewelers is closing its doors after 44 years.
The owners, Bob and Deb Meadows, are ready for the next chapter in their lives.
The store is decorated in holiday red and green, with signs advertising deals up to 70% off. The words "going out of business sale" put excitement in the heart of a shopper.
But they're not nearly enough to wrap up four decades of memories.
Bob Meadows wasn't planning to be a jeweler when he got out of the Army at age 25. He remembered, "So when I came home, I was in a jewelry store watching the man work and I thought that looks really cool. So he invited me to be an apprentice, which I did, and I sorta kinda had a knack for it."
Six months later, in 1975, he opened his store. Bob said, "When I first opened, people would always come in and want to see my father. I was 25 years old."
The economy was weak, and there were 13 jewelers on Palafox Street. Bob continued, "You just persevere, failure is not an option."
Bob's favorite part of the job, bench work, carried them through the lean times over the years. He got a reputation as someone who would do repairs nobody else would attempt.
Eleven years ago, his wife Deb joined him in the store after a career in pharmaceutical sales. They both say they'll miss the people the most. Deb explained, "Making people happy! Jewelry is a wonderful gift that usually has love and emotion behind it."
The couple is looking forward to travel and volunteer work. But first they'll spend the holiday season giving Pensacola a little more sparkle.