BELLINGHAM - Closing a longtime business is usually a sad occasion for the owner, but Pam Hunnicutt is expressing only gratitude about the experience.
Since announcing last week that her 31-year-old jewelry store, GB Heron, was closing, Hunnicutt has received an avalanche of well-wishes through cards and flowers or people stopping into the store on the corner of Cornwall Avenue and Holly Street.
"I feel so fortunate that I found something I absolutely love and have made so many friends," said Hunnicutt. "I've also worked with some very talented people. I just feel so blessed."
Reflecting on her years in business, Hunnicutt said one reason she's enjoyed running a jewelry store is because it's such a happy occupation. Customers are excited to be in the store because the purchases are for landmark life events such as weddings and anniversaries. It's also fun when customers come in with jewelry that's been passed down from previous generations and talk about the sentimental value it has for them.
Hunnicutt isn't completely getting out of the industry. After the store closes in the coming days (once the inventory is depleted), Hunnicutt plans on keeping her equipment and doing some custom design work and repairs.
"I cannot go cold turkey on this," Hunnicutt said with a laugh.