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Henri’s Jewelry bids farewell after 83 years

Hometown favorite gleams its last as owners prepare to travel

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When Karl and Robin Tanke lock up Henri’s Jewelry for the last time toward the end of the year, they’ll be closing the door on a Littleton mainstay that has been connecting people with beloved jewelry and watches since Bonnie and Clyde were on the loose.

Henri’s, started in 1934 by Latvian immigrant Henri Grusin, will wind up its days in a nondescript storefront in Suite 131 at 191 W. Mineral Ave., across town from its beginnings on Main Street. Karl’s father Keith bought the shop from Grusin in 1971, and sold the shop to Karl and Robin in 1997.

The shop still means a lot to its longtime customers.

“It really has that small-town feel,” said Becky Hall, whose husband worked with Karl to find her the perfect wedding ring. “Karl and Robin have been very kind to us.”

Karl and Robin, both pushing 60, say they want to travel the world while they still can.

“Still, though, I think I’ll feel pretty lost the first time I don’t have to wake up and come open the shop,” Robin said. “I’ve got mixed feelings, because we love our clients, and they seem to love us too.”

The Tankes aren’t sure when their last day in business will be, but they suspect it will be shortly after Christmas. In the meantime, everything must go.

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