Oct. 29, 2013 — Throughout my life, my family and I have always relied on one place to find gifts for special occasions: Leslie’s Jewelry.
It has never disappointed, so it was sad hearing owners Curt and Dana Hirsche are closing the doors and retiring at the end of the year. Of course, I certainly don’t blame them after putting in years of hard work in providing customer service and keeping the business running, but it will be an adjustment knowing the store is not going to be here anymore.
Leslie’s Jewelry has just always been there and I think it can even be considered an icon in the community as it was established 83 years ago. That is a lot of customers served.
During the years, I’ve acquired pieces of jewelry but all the sentimental ones come from Leslie’s and I know my family would say the same about their special pieces.
One fond childhood memory I have actually involves the store. It was my seventh birthday and Christmas break, so I was hanging out with my parents at the store my dad managed. We had plans after the workday ended, so I was curious when my dad announced that morning he was taking me out for a surprise. I had no idea what it could be as we walked up the sidewalk to Leslie’s Jewelry, located at it’s former location near Primo Deli.
When we walked in, my dad told me I was going to get my ears pierced and the surprise did not disappoint. I loved earrings and longingly admired them in the stores and occasionally I would ask when I could get my ears pierced.
My mom’s standard response was, “When you’re 16,” sometimes she would say 13. I would still ask every once and awhile, but since my parents were true to their word, I figured it would be a long time before I got to wear earrings.
As it turns out, my dad is the one who convinced my mom it would be OK if I got them done at a younger age. But the rule was I couldn’t wear large earrings so they wouldn’t get caught in anything and rip my earlobes. Happily, I selected my earrings and sat in the chair in front of the mirror. One of the ladies put little pen dots on both ears to ensure the piercings would be even. Then two ladies stood on either side with piercing guns and just barely seconds later, I had two little gold studs in my ears.
When we walked outside, the stinging December cold on my newly pierced ears could not dampen my excitement as my dad and I walked back to show my mom. It was definitely a memorable day for me.
Last week I mentioned to Dana Hirsche that I had gotten my ears pierced at their store and she said it may have been her who helped that day.
They have always been extremely helpful and we have also relied on their repair work and jewelry cleaning services.
I will fondly remember that nice little store in Uptown Susanville even years after it has been closed. I wish the Hirsches a very happy retirement and thank them for many years of providing a valuable service to the community.
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