Stewart Jewelry, a landmark business in the College Park business district, is closing, but it’s not because of the economic havoc caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Instead, its second-generation owner, Phyllis Stewart-Tuell, is retiring after accepting an offer for the building.
“The party had to end sometime,’’ said Stewart-Tuell, who will turn 70 in April. “My mother always told me, ‘Do what you can when you can.’’’
She said she couldn’t disclose the price for the property because the deal had yet to close, but that the new owner would honor the leases of the surrounding businesses.
Stewart Jewelry, at 2212 Edgewater Drive in the Orlando neighborhood, debuted in 1946 with Stewart-Tuell’s parents, Burnett and Edith Stewart, at the helm. Stewart-Tuell started working at the small shop in 1977.
The store features a signature neon sign that Stewart-Tuell said she hoped could be preserved by the Orange County History