Stinson, one of the owners of Stinson Howard Fine Jewelry, said owners are closing the Piedmont store to concentrate on their Oxford store in downtown Oxford.
He said it’s not something he’s looking forward to, but it’s a change that has become necessary because he and the co-owners can’t devote enough time to the Piedmont store anymore.
“The people of Piedmont have been great to shop with us,” said Stinson. “It’s just that things are moving in a different direction. We have an online store now, and we’ve just decided we can’t spend the time at the Piedmont store that it deserves and keep it going all the time.”
The online store can be found at diamondsforcost.com.
This is the second location for Stinson Howard Fine Jewelry in Piedmont. The first was on Ladiga Street in the old Dubar’s location. The Stinsons later bought and restored the old Purdy Drug Store building.
Stinson said he would like to sell or lease the current store to someone local who would be interested in keeping a jewelry store in Piedmont. Anyone interested can contact him at 831-7747, his brother Rex at 831-7747 or Grant Ratliff at 927-8321.
Linda Jones, who has been in the jewelry business for the past 40 years, has run the Piedmont store for the almost 17 years. Stinson commends Jones for running the store efficiently.
“Linda said some of our customers have cried, and she’s cried too,” said Stinson.
Stinson’s nephew, Brandon Stinson, a jewelry designer and repairman who worked at the Piedmont store, will work with diamondsforcost.com and work in sales at the Oxford store.
Stinson was born in Albertville and grew up in Oxford. After graduating from Oxford High, he attended Alabama Technical College in Gadsden to learn watch repair. He, his brother, Mike and their sister Donna Mullendore were in the last class before that school closed.
Donna repairs watches in the Oxford store and is certified to repair Rolex watches. Mike also repairs watches, is a jeweler and works in sales.
Stinson and his family live in White Plains. His wife Pam is secretary to Jacksonville State University president Dr. Bill Meehan.
They have two daughters. Leslie Cruse and her husband Steven live in Oxford. Kristen Duke and her husband Chris live in Atlanta. The Stinsons have a granddaughter, Choley Cruse. They attend Harvest Temple in Anniston.
Stinson enjoys playing guitar and tennis.
“I plan tennis two or three times a week at night, even in the wintertime,” he said.
Stinson said he can’t give a date when the Piedmont store will close.
“We’ve been covered up,” he said. “Linda stays so busy. We’ll be open as long as people are coming in shopping with us. They’re getting bargains. This isn’t a gimmick. Everything really is going for half price.”
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