Newtown Jewelers donates display case to American Legion before closing

by Tianna G. Hansen

A staple in the Newtown community for decades, passed from one owner to the next since 1904 and finally landing in the hands of Cheryl Durr-Smith, Newtown Jewelers is closing its doors after being in Cheryl’s family for nearly 48 years. Her father purchased the jewelry business from the widow of C.H. Bunting in 1971

In memoriam of her father, Cheryl wanted to do something special with the ancient display case that had been in the Ragguet building, a registered historical landmark, since Cheryl can remember.

“My father taught me everything I know,” Cheryl said. “I didn’t go to school for this, I started working in the business when I was 16 and never looked back.”

When Cheryl married Bill Smith, they started running the business together. Their daughter Sierra, now 22, has been visiting the shop since she was two-months-old.

Cheryl and Bill decided to donate the display case which once held picture frames, baby goods, watches, artisan hand-blown jewelry. The couple found an interested party in their hunt for a new home with the local Newtown American Legion Post 440.

Jerry DeYoung (Post Historian), who arranged the donation, said, “We’re excited to have this display case in our Legion Post. It’s going to be downstairs and will hold Legion memorabilia and baseball items.”

Cheryl is excited to see the display case, which has been a staple in the store, go to good use and being taken into loving hands.÷/ The antique case was moved early in March while Jerry and former Post Commander, Jim Casey, came to oversee the affair.

The Newtown borough community is going to miss Cheryl, Bill and their business, as it has been part of the small town for many years.

Just the same, Bill and Cheryl said the biggest thing they will miss as they head into retirement will be their clients.

“You get to speak with people and be a big part of the community,” said Bill. “I’m going to miss having conversations with our customers on a daily basis.”

“Their legacy will live on with their education of the people who came into the shop,” said family friend Patti Lovi.

A sign in their window stated, “Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts for 47 amazing years serving the community at 21 South State Street. The Durr and Smith families have been truly blessed. Good things do not always come to an end, sometimes they just refocus into a new chapter.”

This new chapter will be one filled with the community spirit that the Durr and Smith families exuded during their time on State Street.