Disingers to retire after decades in jewelry businessNovember 13, 2020
By CHRISTINE STEPHENSON
After 30 years of owning Disinger Jewelers, Bob and Jacque Disinger are retiring.
Bob’s grandfather founded the business in 1932, and the Disinger family navigated their business through war, recession and a pandemic, Bob said in a press release.
When Bob and Jacque joined, they opened the location in Jasper. Since then, they’ve also opened locations in Bedford and French Lick.
The business has always been important to the family, Bob said, but it’s arguably been even more important to the customers.
“Since we announced that we’re retiring, we’ve gotten calls and customers coming in saying that we’ve been a part of all their family traditions — weddings, anniversaries, Christmases,” Bob said. “For the past 30 years, they’ve always had that little black box from Disinger’s under the tree.”
One customer that Bob will always remember was a woman who came in for years to get repairs on watches and jewelry. She told Bob that even when she didn’t buy anything for long periods of time, she was always treated with respect when she visited.
The retirement has been a long time coming — about six years, to be exact. Bob always had planned to retire when he was 60. His grandfather worked until he was 70, and it took a toll on his health.
“And even still, people were surprised when we told them about the retirement,” Bob said. “I was like, ‘I told you I was going to do it.’”
In addition to the full-time staff, Disinger Jewelers has always depended on high school and college students for their success.
"We are truly a family business,” Jacque wrote in a press release. “We've watched the students grow up and become attorneys, doctors, nurses and raise families.”
While Bob and Jacque won’t be running the show anymore, an employee who has worked with Disinger Jewelers for years is planning on taking over the business and will reopen it sometime in January, if all goes well.
Until then, there is a total liquidation sale at the location in Jasper.
Once everything is settled, Bob and Jacque plan on traveling and spending time with family. But they will always remain close to the community.
"Being part of the community is one of the things I am most proud of," Bob said.
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