Randolph's will close after 18 years  on the avenue.

Randolph’s will close after 18 years on the avenue.

by Kevin Dicciani

Randolph’s Fine Jewelry, at 7902 Germantown Ave., will close its doors Sept. 20 after 18 years of business in Chestnut Hill.

Owner Randolph Tartaglio said the closure is due to “circumstances beyond my control,” though his windows are papered with photocopies of a letter from his landlord stating that he must vacate the premises by Sept. 31.

Tartaglio’s landlord Bowman Properties did not respond to a request for comment before press time.

Tartaglio said the community has been loyal to him throughout his time in Chestnut Hill, and it’s the people and families that he will miss the most.

“I’ve met a lot of nice people and a lot of nice families,” Tartaglio said. “It’s a small community. Everyone knows me and I know them.”

Tartaglio said since the news of the closure broke, his customers have been visiting the store to express their gratitude and say goodbye.

“In the past two weeks, I’ve had such a heartwarming response from the community,” Tartaglio said. “Every customer that comes in here is upset that I’m leaving the Hill, that I’m being forced out. They’re sad for themselves and they’re sad for me. For 18 years I was their local jeweler.”

Tartaglio said he will be looking in the surrounding area for a new location at the beginning of the year. No matter where he relocates, he said, he will miss his prime location on the avenue.

“This was a destination corner,” Tartaglio said. “Now it’s going to be a desolate corner.”

Even though Tartaglio is optimistic about the future, he still said the entire affair is “a bit heartbreaking.”

“This was like my home. These are my bricks in here,” he said. “It’s sad, really really sad.”

Tartaglio can be contacted by email at randolphsjewels@msn.com.

  • Mike

    The good news here is that if they have to vacate “by Sept 31st,” as the article stipulates, Randolph’s is likely to be able to stay in business indefinitely. On a more serious note, I think it’s painfully and almost amusingly ironic that Bowman (i.e., Richard Snowden…a vocal opponent of Blake trying to tear down the dilapidated house on West Moreland, for the good of the community of course, because profit is immoral) is forcing a local, family-owned business out because, you know, profit. I’m all for the free markets and profit-seeking, probably more than the average CH-er, but this is a new low for speaking out of both sides of your mouth and hypocrisy. I love CH but stories like this and the fence fiasco those poor people on Winston Rd at the hands of LUPZ are dealing with make it a serious labor of love.

    • Guest

      Maybe Snowden is finally going to open that nail salon he’s been talking about for years.

  • Marie Fritzinger

    I hope you re-open somewhere and soon! It is rare to find such a great jeweler. Your closing is a great loss to the community. I tried to send a note to the email address but it came back as undeliverable. I wanted to find out if you had an email list you were keeping to let folks know when and where you are going to re-open.

  • Anonymous

    Check the crime report before you feel too sorry for him

    • Claude

      Hi – Have searched for the crime report. Could you please give me the link. Thanks.