ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) -- Criss' Jewelry is shutting its door for good. The business has spent the last seventy-one years at its South Main Street location, and it's been a family-wide effort serving the Elmira community.
"To my knowledge, we're the last mom and pop jewelry store around," says Linda Spicknall. "My father started it. He was a polio victim and decided to become a watchmaker. He opened it in 1947."
Spicknall and her husband took over in 1987. Now they and their daughter have worked selling and repairing what, for some customers, holds plenty of meaning.
"If you've got a watch and it was your dads and it was passed on and it needs to be repaired, it's got a lot of sentimental value," says Spicknall.
But after years and years of hard work, the family says its the end of what's been a wonderful era.
Linda says she's looking forward to retirement. Her husband, a clock and watchmaker, will continue his craft, as will their daughter.
But it's the community and years-worth of customers they'll remember and miss the most.
"The interaction with people, it's been very nice," says Spicknall. "I was able to raise my family [here]. I've had projects I've been saying I'm going to do for years. Now it's time."
The final day of business for Criss' Jewelry will be Saturday, June 16th. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, with hours extended until 8 p.m. Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.