Jewelry store closing after a century in Kalispell

    Wheeler Jewelry is closing after 110 years in business.

    After 110 years in downtown Kalispell, Wheeler Jewelry is closing up shop. The store has changed hands four times since opening, and current owner Lisa Anderson is retiring.

    Anderson got into the jewelry business at Wheeler Jewelry 40 years ago. It’s a unique business -- Anderson said she loves connecting with customers and helping them select special pieces.

    “To me, I can’t put a price tag on that,” she said. “That’s what I love.”

    Over the years, Anderson has helped people find engagement rings, wedding bands and anniversary gifts.

    “That is what I’m going to miss the most -- being part of special moments,” she said.

    Anita Schumacher is a regular customer at Wheeler Jewelry. She has many cherished memories attached to pieces of jewelry from the shop.

    “It’s sad, because this is a beautiful store, with unique pieces, and Lisa is fabulous,” she said. “It’s going to be a hole in the community.”

    Retiring wasn’t an easy decision -- Anderson said there’s a lot she’ll miss about the shop.

    “The people, No. 1, the relationships I’ve made,” Anderson said. “And then the gemstones, the jewelry.”

    After the store closes, Anderson said she’s planning to spend more time with her two grandchildren who live close by.

    “I want to be part of their lives,” she said. “And we live in a beautiful area that I often don’t get to enjoy as much as I want to.”

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