Zerbe Jewelers, a Tejon Street staple since 1972, is going out of business.
“I’m old and I’m tired,” said Charles Zerbe, who owns the shop with his wife, Janice.
He said plans to close the shop have been in the works for some time. The storefront at 212 N. Tejon St. is the fourth Tejon location for Zerbe Jewelers.
“There’s been no other place for us than downtown Colorado Springs,” Zerbe said, adding, “Business has been OK, but it’s not as easy as or not as fun as it used to be.”
Zerbe said, while the shop is closing, he would continue to provide personal jewelry services from time to time.
Ted Blum, owner of Ted Blum Jewelers Services, also located on Tejon Street, worked with the Zerbes from 1987 until 1995.
“I’m sad to see them leaving,” Blum said. “They were very nice to work with. Charles and Janice are wonderful people and were a big help to me back when I had a young family. They mean a lot to me and I wish nothing but the best for them.”
Charles said the 2,000-plus square feet of space is now available and several possible tenants have shown interest.