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Harrisburg landmark closing after 71 years

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It's been a Harrisburg jewel for parts of eight decades, but at the end of the month it will close for good and another longtime city landmark will be no more.

Baker & Price Jewelers will close its doors on Oct. 30.

Betty Baker now runs the jewelry business her husband and his cousin started before World War II. The men have passed away, but like the watches she fixes, Betty keeps on ticking.

Baker & Price has had a few downtown locations. It is currently located in Strawberry Square. But at 89, Betty says it's time to retire.

Loyal customers have been stopping in to say goodbye.

"This past month has been very emotional for me," Baker said. "I have them come in and hold out their hand and say 'see this ring? We brought that 35 years ago when you were up in that store.' "

Helen Wilhelm is one of those loyal customers. Her then-boyfriend bought her first present from the jewelry store in 1959.

"Then in 1960 came the wedding rings," Wilhelm said. "When the children were born came the pearls, the pearls and the diamonds."

Helen and Mary Murphy, who worked for Baker & Price 30 years ago, are helping Betty out as saleswomen in the store's final weeks.

"It's been an opportunity for me," Mary Murphy said. "How often do you get time back with someone that's been like a grandma to me?"

Harrisburg is not just losing a store with shelves full of jewels, it's saying goodbye to a real gem.

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