Michigan jewelry store closing after more than 100 years in business

Posted at 11:18 AM, Feb 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-08 11:18:33-05

HOWELL, Mich. (WXYZ) — A jewelry store in Howell is closing after 102 years in the business.

Yax Jewelers first opened in 1917. Starting Friday, the jewelry will begin a huge closing sale that will offer deep discounts on jewelry.

Tony Cunningham and his stepfather Charles Blanks purchased the jewelry store in 1973.

Cunningham said 40-plus years in the community have "gone by in a flash."

“Grandparents bought their wedding bands from us and now the grandchildren are coming in for engagement rings,” said Cunningham, himself a grandfather to several grandchildren scattered across the country.

He continued, “The store has been here forever – 102 years - people who find out my retirement and the store closing say congratulations and good luck.”

One thing Cunningham is looking forward in retirement is golf this spring and breaking in a camping trailer he bought last year for family excursions to visit all those grandchildren all over the country.