Castle Gap Jewelry owner, Maxine Bennett

Castle Gap Jewelry owner, Maxine Bennett

Castle Gap Jewelry, now officially the oldest tenant in the trendy Plaza at the Preston Center, is celebrating 40 years of business this month.

The store primarily sells sterling silver and handcrafted Native American jewelry. Castle Gap is owned and operated by the Bennett family, who established the store in 1973.

Maxine Bennett, one of three owners, turned 93 this year and can still be found working in the store six days a week handling the business finances, according to a recently released press statement.

“Our business has survived and profited through the years because of our simple philosophy: offer quality sterling silver jewelry at a great price with exceptional customer service. We simply treat our customers as we hope to be treated,” Maxine says.

Maxine founded the jewelry store with her son, Scotty, back in the early seventies. They were later joined by Maxine’s daughter, Beverly.

The flagship store, originally on Sherry, has remained in the same University Park area through the years.

To commemorate the 40th anniversary, customers will be treated to refreshments and jewelry discounts from Oct. 24-26.

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