Bechdel Jewelers in Inwood (Photo Credit: Independent Jewelers Organization

INWOOD, W.Va. — Bechdel Jewelers in Inwood is closing its doors after 48 years.

Its owners, David and Lori Ettinger are retiring.

Lori’s father, Charles Bechdel, opened the store in 1975.

A story in jewelry publication National Jeweler tells the story of the founder, who was stationed in Thailand as an air traffic controller during the Vietnam War and learned stone cutting at a local lapidary shop

He was eventually stationed in West Virginia, where he learned metalsmithing jewelry repairs.

Charles was known for his generosity and his store for its fairness and integrity, and Lori and her husband David say they tried to continue that tradition when Charles passed the business on to them.

David expressed gratitude for being able to be part of engagements, birthdays, anniversaries, and graduation.

The going out of business sale began October 21st with discounts of up to 70 percent. The store is located at 8064 Winchester Avenue in Inwood.