Multiple factors play into Brad Davis’ approaching retirement and the closure of his Los Altos mainstay House of Treasures in June, but he called recent, serious issues with his eyesight the final “wake-up call.”
“I made the decision a couple of months ago,” Davis said in a phone call with the Town Crier, initiated during one of his slower periods of the day. “I had some vision problems and it scared me. … Things went blurry, I had double vision. … Everything’s OK now.”
Davis was in high school when his father, Ray, opened the jewelry repair shop House of Treasures on Main Street in 1975. He continued the family legacy by taking the reins when his father announced his own retirement in 1991, overseeing the shop’s 1996 move to its current location at 188 Second St.
Ray died last February, three months before he would celebrate his 94th birthday. The younger Davis’ other mentor, his older brother Kirk, was killed in a motorcycle accident two years ago. According to his obituary, the Eureka-based jeweler was the age Brad will soon turn.
The losses undoubtedly contributed to Davis’ decision to board up.
“It does kind of (get) you thinking, ‘Why am I still doing this?’” he said.
Davis said he always looked at a birthday as another marker closer to retirement. Now, it’s just another number.
“It’s been a good run, and this has been a good town to be in,” he said, adding that he wanted to thank his customers for their business and their friendship.
Davis has already limited his hours to 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, aiming to close his shop for good by his 61st birthday June 30. He figures that after 53 years of being a jeweler – 44 spent in Los Altos – now is the time to move into another phase.
“(It started) when I sat on my dad’s knee as an 8-year-old to learn,” Davis recollected with a chuckle. “That was a couple of years ago now.”
There is a chance, depending on Davis’ customers, the shop could close shortly after June 30. That detail is still being ironed out, he said.
Davis will get a little taste of what his life will be like post-retirement when he visits his daughter in Washington this week in anticipation of her wedding. Despite the shuttering of House of Treasures signifying the end of an era, happy occasions lie ahead, Davis acknowledged.
“Like staying home and annoying my wife,” he joked.