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North Carolina Jewelry Store Was Set to Close After 124 Years — But Now It Won’t

The store rebranded recently as Starnes Bramlett.




Starnes Jewelers in Albemarle, NC, was set to close this year after 124 years in business.

But now the store has a new lease on life, the Stanly News & Press reports.

Due to health issues, Gene Starnes decided he could no longer run the business he’d owned since 1976.

But after the February announcement of the planned closure, it began to hit Chris Bramlett, a longtime certified gemologist appraiser at the store, that “it would not be very good if Albemarle were left without a jeweler the stature and kind that Starnes had been for 124 years.”

Bramlett, 83, reached an agreement with Starnes, who is his brother-in-law, to take over ownership. The store rebranded recently as Starnes Bramlett.

Bramlett said the community’s reaction has been positive.


“Everywhere I go people search me out and tell me how pleased they are that Starnes Bramlett is here and that we’re going to be the same jewelry store that they have been accustomed to all their lives,” he said.

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Time to Do What You've Always Wanted? Time to Call Wilkerson.

It was time. Teri Allen and her brother, Nick Pavlich, Jr., had been at the helm of Dearborn Jewelers of Plymouth in Plymouth, Mich., for decades. Their father, Nick Pavlich, Sr., had founded the store in 1950, but after so many wonderful years helping families around Michigan celebrate their most important moments, it was time to get some “moments” of their own. Teri says Wilkerson was the logical choice to run their retirement sale. “They’re the only company that specializes in closing jewelry stores,” she says. During the sale, Teri says a highlight was seeing so many generations of customers who wanted to buy “that one last piece of jewelry from us.” Would she recommend Wilkerson? Absolutely. “There is no way that I would have been able to do this by myself.”

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