Businesses leaving downtown

February 22, 1997


Staff Writer

Downtown Hagerstown is losing a longtime jewelry store and a women's clothing shop, but will see a bridal shop open next week.

Bay Jewelers at 40 W. Washington St. is closing at the end of business Friday after more than 25 years downtown, said Diane O'Connell, who owns the store with her husband Daniel.

The store is located inside the Baldwin House complex, which the City of Hagerstown owns and is searching for someone to privately develop.


O'Connell said she cannot justify finding another location downtown, saying there aren't enough new businesses in the area to attract shoppers.

The store's most consistent customers are people who work downtown. She said Saturdays are slow.

On Wednesday, the O'Connells host a farewell open house for their regular customers. They bought the downtown jewelry store from Kay Jewelers in 1971.

But with the couple's O'Connell Jewelers in Valley Mall, no employees will be laid off, Diane O'Connell said.

Marcie & Me women's apparel shop closed last Saturday, and Jane Anderson Brides will open on Thursday in the 11 N. Potomac St. shop, said Jane Anderson.

Anderson said the new location has access to better parking and will allow her to have her entire showroom on one floor.

Jane Anderson Brides' current location will be closed on Tuesday and Wednesday as the store moves, Anderson said.

Beverly McCleary, co-owner of Marcie & Me, would not say why the shop was closed. She and her husband bought the shop in January, 1989.

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