An Icon Rides Off: Retirement Well Wishes for Donn Powers

Farewell, Donn Powers.

Donn is retiring, and he is going out of business after 39 years in jewelry — 33 in South Milwaukee. He and his business will be missed. They are both one of a kind.

“Honest prices, quality jewelry sales and impeccable customer service.” That’s how Donn describes his business in a mailing advertising a retirement/going-out-of-business sale starting Friday for the general public.

But it’s much more than that.

In an era of mass, mall jewelers, Donn stands tall as an independent business focused on the community (and downtown) he serves. He is incredibly civic-minded, and that’s why all of South Milwaukee will feel this closure, whether you shop there or not.

He writes: “I, along with my wife Tracy, are very thankful that you have entrusted us with your family heirlooms and jewelry decisions for over 39 years. We have been blessed over the years with wonderful customers and many wonderful memories. …

“You never know what tomorrow may bring and now is the time to go out on top. Our customers have always been a blessing to us and we will miss you all tremendously.”

The feeling is mutual. Good luck, Donn and Tracy. We wish you nothing but the best.

South Milwaukee is a better place because of you.

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