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Longtime Missoula business owner retires after 50 years

Posted at 4:12 PM, Oct 17, 2020

After working in the jewelry business for 50 years, a well-known Western Montana jeweler is leaving behind the rocks and retiring.

“I've been in the jewelry business for 50 years. There gets to be a point time when you want to say, you know, drinking beer and going fishing has a certain appeal to it. I think I would like to do some," joked Jim Adair.

Adair founded Adair Jewelers in 1982, but now he is wanting to not have to go into work every day and to enjoy life.

“I'm at the point that, I’m 65 — I wanna go do stuff, other than go to work every day," he said.

Adair says he is wanting to go fish, but it does not have to be a huge fish.

“Even if it’s a stupid perch, I'm going to go find a place with stupid fish. I just want to have a chance to catch one, and that's what I'm going to do, I don't have to catch a big one or a fancy one or some exotic rainbow trout. Just a stupid little perch is good enough for me," said Adair.

Adair says that working at the jewelery store has been a great experience, but it is time for him to go have fun.

“It's been interesting, things have changed, things have evolved and time for me to go play," said Adair.

Adair wanted to thank his customers who have been coming to his business all these years.

“Thank you Missoula, it's been a good ride, it's been a long ride but most importantly I want to thank you folks that have been there day in and day out, year in and year out for us," he said.

Adair wanted to ensure the public that they are not closing, he is just retiring so you can head over and still find jewelry for you and your loved ones.

The jewelry store is having a retirement sale up until Christmas.

Adair is leaving his business to his wife but will be stopping by to say hi to loyal customers.