Erie jeweler: 'Older customers kept us alive'

Fisher Jewelers to close

ERIE, Pa. -- Fishers Jewelers is closing.

After more than half a century, owners Herb and Jessie Rubinfield will shut the doors of their Downtown Erie business.

Herb Rubinfield said, "55 years is a long times in anybody's life. And it's been a long time for us, too."

He worked at his uncle’s business for more than a decade before it went out of business.

"Then I decided when he went out of business. I wanted to be my own boss.”

He leased department space in the Fisher’s Department Store for about five years before they were forced to close their Downtown Erie store.

But customers followed and new customers became regulars.

Customer Tracy Eller of Erie, said, "They work with you and really take the time to make sure you get what you want versus trying to push you through things."

"We don't rush,” echoed Elaine Kolski, manager of Fisher Jewelers and employee of nearly 25 years. “We give them the time and they like the service and they like our prices."

Located at 1012 State Street, between 10th and 11th streets, loyal customers have helped them weather economic cycles, according to Rubinfield.

He said, "Our older customers have kept us alive. When businesses were going down the tubes, but we've always been able to survive by taking care of people like they want to be take care of."

The Rubinfields currently live in Florida during half of the year. At 86-years-old, Mr. Rubinfield said it’s their desire to join their children in Florida for the whole year.

"We've enjoyed ourselves here. And if weren't for the fact that they were down south, we wouldn't be going."

All items in the store are discounted 50 percent. An exact closing date has not been set, but they are tentatively hoping to close by September.
 


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