Deb Abraham Spalding
In 1980, Bruce Davies, Thurmont’s local jeweler at the time, approached John Brown and his wife, Betty, about buying Davies Jewelry Store. Since then, the couple’s business, Browns’ Jewelry Store & Gifts on Water Street in Thurmont, has been the go-to jewelry store for special occasion gems, holiday gifts, and trusted watch and jewelry repairs.
Even after Betty’s passing in December 2009, John and his trusted employee of 27 years, Barb Barbe, along with the help of Corrinne McBreen, his part-time employee, have continued to provide confident, steady service.It is with firm decision that John announced his retirement sale for June 2019. He’s selling everything.
“Everything is for sale, the buildings (7 and 9 Water Street in Thurmont), all the displays, all the jewelry, watches, gift items… everything!” John said.
In June, everything is 30 percent off. Non-priced items are negotiable with John.
While reminiscing, John said, “My customers are the greatest customers in the world. That’s what they are! They’re not customers. They’re family!”
John has served three generations of customers.
About the jewelry business, he said, “Everyone has a special need, and everyone wants something special.”
It was John’s pleasure to meet these needs. While every transaction was important, his most memorable and emotionally rewarding creation was a memorial jewelry item for a mother who lost her daughters in an auto accident.
Stop by Browns’ Jewelry & Gift Store in Thurmont for its Retirement Sale. Everything must go! Find gifts for all occasions, anniversary items, beautiful jewelry, jewelry boxes, watches, pewter, crystal, minerals, mantle and wall clocks, and much more. See their advertisement on page 47 for more information.
Pictured from left are John Brown, Barb Barbe, and Corrinne McBreen, inside Browns’ Jewelry & Gifts Store in Thurmont.