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Susan Bargar, the last owner of Bargar Jewelry, and Max Bargar, who started the business, stand in front of the downtown store on its last day, June 14.
Susan Bargar, the last owner of Bargar Jewelry, and Max Bargar, who started the business, stand in front of the downtown store on its last day, June 14.
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Bargar Jewelry — a Delaware business for 57 years — closed its doors for good on Saturday June 14, which by coincidence was the 91st birthday of store founder Max Bargar.


Bargar started in business with a certificate from watchmakers school, a showcase and a repair bench in the corner of a small shop in Delaware.


His daughter, Patty Smith, said he displayed dedication and a desire to succeed, which helped him develop a loyal following of customers. He soon had his own location and more inventory.


The business continued to grow, and in the 1970s Bargar’s sons, Dale and Bill, joined the business, taking on the bulk of the watch and jewelry repair.


Dale took over the business in 1990 with the help of his wife, Susan. The store continued to grow with an ever-wide variety of unique offerings. Dale unexpectedly passed away in 2011, Smith said, “and is sadly missed.“


Susan carried on the tradition with the same work ethic started by Max. Niece Adrienne Bargar was employed for several years as the general manager, assisting with all operations of the store.


“We would like to say ‘thank you’ to the Delaware community and all the wonderful loyal customers that followed, allowing the store to succeed,” Smith said.


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