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Historic Sayville Jeweler Closing Doors Come March

F. Stadtmuller Jewelers will shutter after 153 years in operation.

The decision to close was not easy but the owners of F. Stadtmuller Jewelers are doing just that to the family-operated historic jewelry business on Main Street in Sayville.

Stadtmuller, in operation since 1860, announced the closing a week ago and is now running a going out of business sale until it locks its doors for good on March 16. Everything is for sale, including furniture and store fixtures.

"We've got alot of people coming in and telling us how sad they are as they got their wedding bands and engagement rings and other special gifts from here," said a store employee.

The store is not relocating and all inventory must be sold.

Tom Mariner February 14, 2013 at 03:38 PM
A few short years ago, Sayville was the center of a bustling, high class shopping environment. If you wanted the top antiques or gifts on Long Island, you came to Sayville. The community thought leaders hold all sorts of festivals and ways to attract visitors, so it can't be that. Is it the "big box" folks, or is that some sort of excuse?
Elizabeth Manley February 15, 2013 at 02:15 PM
It is becoming more and more difficult for the small business owner to compete in today''s business world. Everything from increased government regulation's to the lack of personal relationships, to the difficulty and expense of hiring and retaining employees, to the vastness of what is available on the internet is working against the small business owner. Unless that owner was able to expand beyond the single store or office you are doomed in today's world. Sayville will miss Stadmuller's . They will go into the memory books along with numerous others.
John Mazzone February 16, 2013 at 07:45 PM
I remember my Dad selling Fred Stadtmuller a new motorhome in the med seventies he was going to use it to travel when he retired I thimk fred was the last of the family to own the store?
annette kattau February 17, 2013 at 03:48 PM
This is sad. It is happening because I understand a new landlord and the rent has been raised.....the usual greedy story of the landlord.
Vito February 17, 2013 at 04:03 PM
Exactly what is the " usual greedy story of the landlord"? Do you pay less for anything than you did a few years back? Have your utility bills dropped? Are your taxes lower? Have you had any home repairs lately? Were they cheaper than they had been in the past? Is a landlord just supposed to eat these added expenses? Are you greedy because you earn more at your job than you did in past? It seems silly to take one link in the chain of rising costs and label that one link "greedy" and ignore all other factors. Everyone's costs are rising. If a business can't or won't accept these increases, perhaps it is because their business model is no longer viable. Sad, but often true.
Michael Dean Pittman February 17, 2013 at 10:26 PM
Jewlery takes up very little space, They could sell the same inventory in a store half that size. If they are going out of business, its because they want to go out of business.
H. Marx February 21, 2013 at 06:03 PM
Did anyone take into account the large # of jewelry stores there are in town, all within walking distance of this store? I hate to say this, but when I went into the back store for the first time, I studied back rests as I have poor sitting posture, then went home and found something much cheaper on Amazon. Many stores also only offer store credit instead of a full refund.
Vinny Cangro February 22, 2013 at 02:51 PM
Our last day open to the public will be Saturday, March 16th, not March 6th as posted. Vinny Cangro
Judy Mottl (Editor) February 22, 2013 at 04:18 PM
We'll make the change. Thanks Vinny.

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