Bethlehem area jewelry store to close after more than 100 years
January 5, 2014 by James
Vogt’s Jewelers, a seven time winner of the ‘Best of the Valley’ award from Lehigh Valley Magazine, is shutting down after 110 years in business.
The Bethlehem area store has been family owned and operated throughout its history. In 1903, Gustav Vogt opened the first store in Allentown. He then joined the army and fought in World War I, eventually returning to his home and moving the jewelry store to its second location. Over the years, ownership and control of the jewelry store passed from father to son, then from brother to brother, then from husband to wife, and finally from mother to son.
Barry Vogt currently owns the store and runs it with his wife, Penny. They purchased the store in the 1980s from Barry’s mother and moved it to its current location, in South Whitehall township, in 1989. The Pennsylvania Jeweler’s Association named the store Outstanding Jeweler of the Year in 2002. The Vogts are closing the store so that they can enjoy retirement and their daughter, who currently does marketing for the shop, can spend more time with her children.
Mr. and Mrs. Vogt could use services like flyer printing to advertise their sale. Currently, the store is offering up to 70% off items, which made it a popular spot for holiday shoppers this season.
Once the final piece of inventory is gone, the Vogts plan on enjoying their retirement in the Bethlehem area. They intend to do some traveling but will mostly stay local.