Huntington’s Antiques and Jewelry to be closed after 41 years
HUNTINGTON, NY – Antiques and Jewels on Main, a cornerstone of Huntington Village for more than four decades, is scheduled to close on June 18, according to a press release.
Owners George and Rutika Reisner are expected to retire. However, their ride towards sunset marks the end of an era.
âWe work with third generation customers, and they will be the ones I will miss the most when the store closes,â Rutika said via the statement.
The boutique specializes in engagement rings; antique jewelry; silver cutlery and hollow articles; and Hungarian Herend Porcelain: Hand-painted luxury porcelain worn by a few American retailers. During their tenure on Huntington’s Main Street, home to retail businesses and restaurants, the owners built lasting relationships with neighboring customers and merchants.
âI can’t imagine Huntington Village without Ruthie and George!â Said Denise Ajamian, owner of Birkenstock Depot and neighbor of Antiques and Jewels on Main. They are part of the city and they will be sorely missed. . “
The store is currently located at 293 Main Street.
Rutika opened the boutique at its previous location at 345 Main Street as RGC Antiques in the spring of 1979, several months before meeting George. As a young, single woman, she was struggling to find a landlord to rent to her in the village, the statement said. Her parents had encouraged her to open at the Walt Whitman Mall, but she knew Huntington Village would be a better fit for the welcoming haven the store would become.
At the time, George was a recent immigrant from Hungary working in the antique trade in Manhattan. Six months after meeting in January 1980, they married and merged his retail and wholesale businesses. In 1995, the couple moved to their current storefront.
Over the years, Antiques and Jewels on Main has become more than a place for locals and visitors to purchase rare antique jewelry and pieces. The store has become a center for advice, astrological readings and the occasional cheese plate.
George is a patient listener known for imparting his wisdom on a surprising variety of topics ranging from gemstones to plumbing, while Rutika has a magnetic personality and has surprised clients by guessing – or remembering after a decade – their astrological signs. .
George’s exquisite eye for detail complements Rutika’s eerie ability to suggest the perfect piece, creating a personalized customer experience.
The store has also been a celebrity favorite over the years, with actors, models, musicians and wrestlers finding unique treasures with the help of the Reisners. Several of their vintage jewelry were purchased for inclusion in Michelle Pfeiffer and Daniel Day-Lewis’s 1993 film, “The Age of Innocence.”
The Reisners had originally planned to close Antiques & Jewels On Main in early 2020, Rutika told Patch in December 2019. However, the coronavirus pandemic has prevented the store from saying goodbye to its customers.
âIt is bittersweet to announce that June 18, 2021 is our store’s last opening day,â George and Rutika said in a message to their customers. âOver the past 41 years, you have become our loyal customers and dear friends. It has been an honor to play a part in your milestones, from birthdays to weddings and new babies. We hope you will continue to carry this part of us (the watches, the rings and the spoons) with you as we reach this milestone. “
Antiques and Jewels on Main is expected to be open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. until its closing date. Customers can stop by or call for an appointment at 631-427-7674.
Masks are mandatory in the store and Reisners do not request more than two parties at a time with a maximum of eight customers in total. Anyone with layaway items or repairs that have not yet been picked up are urged to complete these transactions by the closing date. If this is not possible, they are asked to contact them to make special arrangements at [email protected] or 631-427-7674.
Customers, both first-time and long-term, were encouraged to stop by for one last conversation, one final joke, one final horoscope, and one final treasure – or two – from the store.
Fortunately, for those who love the store, the couple plan to continue to manage their online store, as well as their Etsy stores, “The Salvages” and “AntiqueJewelShop”.