LONG-established businesswoman Diana Coe is set to retire after 41 years.
Diana, who owns and runs Crescent Jewellery in Market Street, has just weeks until she closes up for the last time and bids farewell to the shop she has occupied for the last 15 years.
Diana said: “I don’t know whether I’m sad or glad to go. It’s been my life. I’ve worked all hours – I had to, to get the orders out. It really took over.”
She is now looking forward to taking some time to relax and slow down after years of hard work. A keen golfer and a member of Sutton Bridge Golf Club, Diana is hoping she may have time to play a bit more and maybe even enter some competitions.
Diana and her husband Tony started out in 1970 with the opening of She Girl boutique in Wisbech Market Place. She Girl later relocated to Hill Street.
Diana and Tony opened more retail shops, with Robert II and Jeans & Coe menswear, Hand in Hand Children’s Wear and She boutique in King’s Lynn.
Although Diana originally stocked ladies’ clothing in Crescent Jewellery, for the last four years, the business has concentrated on fashion jewellery and accessories.
It has expanded to designing and importing fashion jewellery and supplying over 400 department and independent stores in the UK and Malta.
Diana said: “I have enjoyed all of it and met some fantastic people.”
Running these businesses meant Diana did not have much time to spend with the couple’s two children, Beverley and Daniel. She is now pleased to be able to spend more time with her grandchildren, Kate (15), Jessica (13) and little Jacob (3).
Crescent Jewellery will close on Saturday, May 7. This is dependent on Diana having any stock left, as she is having an ‘everything must go’ retirement sale in the shop.
Crescent Jewellery is open Tuesday and Friday, from 9.30am to 4pm, and Saturday, from 10am to 4pm.