The Rock Closes His Store for the Last Time
Today was a sad day for me. One that I'll never forget. I watched in disbelief as my best friend closed
his doors to the public for the last time at 3:00 today. Herbert Jewelers is no more.
All of the Herbert family
was present as well as a few friends who hung around to the end. For me, it was almost like attending a wake, only it was the
store that gone, not a person. They tried to make it a happy occasion with champagne and cake. There was a toast to the 65 years
that the store was in existence.
Some of the people were there to so they could say they purchased something on the
last day or they were the last customer. I couldn't bring myself to do either one.
One bit of joy was seeing Jasmine,
Lauren's daughter, meet and greet the public. She seemed so grown only to be 11 1/2. Her baby sister Molly age a few months was a
delight as well. Everyone wanted to hold her except me. I'm scared of babies.
With mixed emotions I shook Dennis's
hand and wished him well. I told him I still couldn't believe what was happening. He said "I hope a month from now, I don't wake
up and wonder what have I done?"
There will still be some work to do behind closed doors. A lot of cleaning up
and disposing of remaining merchandise. It will be a while before the store is completely empty.
won't be the same without Herbert Jewelers. Neither will I.
The Rock and The Kommish doing repairs in the back of the store.
Chilling Out on the Beach in Fernandina, Fla.
Messing with the few strands of hair remaining on top of the Rock's head.
Holding up a post at "Down Under"
Rock, Peg and Jasmine inside Down Under
Rock and The Jazz on the Intercoastal Waterway
Waiting for something to happen at The Surf.
Photos of Herbert Jewelers
November 7, 2009
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