WOODMERE, Ohio — The store that made little blue boxes one of the most famous and sought after gifts has announced they will open shop in Northeast Ohio.
Since 1837 Tiffany & Co. has been inspiring movies, music and many a young gal’s dreams.
There is no exact opening date but, the new store location will be at ETON on Chagrin Boulevard. However, Tiffany’s moving into town means someone else will be leaving.
After 98 years and 3 generations of business in Northeast Ohio, Berger and Silver Jewelers will be closing their doors. The store’s current location at ETON will become the new home of Tiffany’s.
Owner Floyd Silver, who is now in his 70s, says the time and offer were right.
“It’s a great exit strategy for me.”
The store has had several addresses over the years but been located in Woodmere for the last 28 years. Floyd says there have been many ups and downs over the decades, but this most recent recession hit high end jewelry stores very hard.
“The economy never affected us. We’ve always bounced back,” said Floyd, “But my business has really been affected. I think anyone in high end retail will tell you the same thing if they’re honest.”
The store will close for good December 31, 2012, and Floyd has big plans for his final sale. He brought in many new, unique and brilliant designs that he will be offering at extremely discounted prices and bargains, like the 11 carat diamond bangle.
“This is probably the prettiest thing I bought, “said Floyd.
But saying goodbye will be bittersweet. Staffers and customers have been more like family to Floyd; the same people have worked with him for 35 to 40 years.
“It’s a big part of your life,” said Floyd.
Floyd hates the thought of retiring and isn’t sure what he will do next but says he is tickled when he thinks about the world famous Tiffany’s opening up shop inside his store.
“That to me is…I kind of grin when I think about it. I go to the cemetery to visit my mother, father and grandfather and say can you believe it Tiffany’s is going to be where we’ve been for the last 28 years.”
In a statement released Tuesday Diane Brown, Tiffany & Co. Vice President said:
“We look forward to offering our current and prospective clients convenient access to excellence of design, quality, craftsmanship and superior service that are all hallmarks of Tiffany’s great heritage.”