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Retiring Store Owners Make Last Sale to First Customer

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The loyal patron’s farewell gesture came 30 years after saying hello.

After three decades in business together, the husband and wife behind Goldmine Jewelers in St. Charles, IL have retired, but not before they were paid a visit from an old friend. The man who made the very first purchase at the store – and several in between – returned to the shop before it closed for good, “noting he wanted to bookend Goldmine’s years in business with his patronage as a show of farewell and good luck,” reports the Kane County Chronicle. The final sale? A heart-shaped diamond necklace.

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