Longtime Leechburg jewelers say store is closing
After 27 years of operation, Krutz Jewelers in Leechburg will close its doors at the end of the month.
The jewelry store, which the Krutz family bought from the Seita family in 1985, is set to close Dec. 31, according to Diane Krutz, daughter of the owners. “My dad (William) died in 2007, my mom (Stella) is 81 — it's time for her to retire — and I'm ready to go on to another part of my life,” Diane Krutz, 51, said. “With the economy being how it's been, it's been tough to keep this thing going.”
Krutz said her father had been in the jewelry business his entire life.
“My dad worked for Coleman Jewelers in Monroeville and, when the Seitas decided to sell the store, my parents bought it,” she said of the store located at 146 Market Street. “This was my dad's dream.”
Leechburg Mayor Tony Roppolo said there will be a large hole in the borough when the Krutzes shut their doors for good. “The entire community feels sad about it,” Roppolo said. “It's going to be a town void.
“I've had, I don't know how many, comments from people around the borough saying ‘We're really going to miss Krutz.' ”
Roppolo said places like Krutz Jewelers make Leechburg special.
“We have so many old style stores,” he said. “We have very few empty storefronts.
“You can't get service like Krutz had everywhere.”
Making Krutz's service all the more special are its three employees: Sandy Kridler, who has worked at the store for 23 years, Michelle Ferretti who's worked there for 20 years, and Francie Strapac, employed at the store for 16 years.
“It's just the best place to work,” said Strapac, 62, a retired teacher. “We're one big family.
“It's like part of your life is gone,” she said. “ We couldn't have asked for nicer employers.”
Diane Krutz said she hopes to open a new store in the building that currently houses the jewelry store in the coming years.
“Not any time soon,” she said. “But we own the building, so I won't rule out doing another business here in the future.”
Until then Krutz, a breast cancer survivor, will continue to sell the special breast cancer awareness rings she created for the store at her website PinkiePromiseRing.com.
Krutz said closing the store was a hard decision.
“We've loved serving the community,” she said. “Everyone here is so loyal to small town business. We have nothing but good memories.
“We've been here for everyone's graduation, engagement, and wedding.”
R.A. Monti is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- 2,200 union employees of ATI lose coverage
- Regoli won’t seek recount in Westmoreland County judge election
- Mentor takes young Brackenridge hunter under his wing
- New Kensington man killed in North Buffalo crash
- Shoppers can buy gifts for seniors through Home Instead program
- November spared Valley effects of wintry weather
- Tarentum Bridge falcon defends turf as eagles scout nesting locations
- South Butler students push composting as a way to slow food waste
- Christmas parade gets warm welcome in Saxonburg
- At-home schooling on snow days far from reality
- Apollo-Ridge closer to naming buildings, facilities