Bugay's closed on May 7 after 85 years on the Avenue.

Bugay’s closed on May 7 after 85 years on the Avenue.

by Kevin Dicciani

Bugay’s Jewelers, at 8638 Germantown Ave., has closed its doors after doing business in Chestnut Hill for 85 years.

Bugay’s was opened in 1928 by Samuel Bugay, who ran it with his wife, Rose, until he died in 1946. For the next 12 years, Rose ran the store herself.

In 1958, Rose handed over the store to her son, Milton. Milton and his wife, Margaret, managed the store for 45 years until 2003 when their children – a daughter, Rosalind Bugay Schiller, and their two sons, Samuel and Arthur – took over the store’s operations for the remainder of the time it was in business.

Margaret died in 2008, followed by Milton in 2012. Rosalind said her brothers Samuel and Arthur no longer wanted to keep the store open after the death of their father. It officially closed May 7.

“We had such a great standing with the community, and the people were always so nice,” Rosalind said. “It’s sad to see it go.”

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