Members of the Leesburg Town Council took a moment Tuesday night to formally recognize Stanley Caulkins for his store’s 60 years in business, and thank him for all his service to the town as Caulkins Jewelers prepares to close its doors at month’s end.
Members of the Leesburg Town Council flank Stanley Caulkins as they present him with a proclamation recognizing his lasting impact on the town as Caulkins Jewelers' last day in business nears.
Caulkins Jewelers was a King Street fixture for almost six decades before a 2015 fire spelled its permanent closure at that location. Undeterred, brothers Stanley and Roger Caulkins moved the shop and all its wares to the Virginia Village Shopping Center, where it has continued to serve its loyal customers for almost two years.
Roger Caulkins died in March, and with Stanley fighting his own health battles, he decided to begin to wind down business at the store and close its doors for good. The final day of business is set for June 30.
Tuesday night, Mayor Kelly Burk and members of the Town Council presented Stanley Caulkins with a proclamation recognizing both his individual efforts in the town and his store’s lasting legacy. In addition to being a well respected merchant, who was never afraid to share his opinion on downtown issues, Caulkins, a World War II airman, was instrumental in securing funding for the Leesburg Executive Airport when he was a member of the Town Council in the 1960s. The airport’s terminal is named in his honor, and he long served on the Airport Commission to continue to share his insight in helping the town’s airport grow. He was made an emeritus member of the commission earlier this year.
“Thank you for letting us be a part of it,” Burk said to Stanley of his, and his store’s, story.
Known for his wonderful cache of stories that can transfix an audience, Caulkins was brief in his remarks Tuesday night. He offered a piece of advice for those who are, or are thinking of, doing business or playing an active role in the town.
“You get out of this town what you put into it,” he said.