Rick Gately and David Gately

Rick Gately, left, and David Gately stand side by side in their store, La Grande Gold and Silver, 2212 Island Ave., in this undated photo. In September 2022 the owners marked 40 years of business in the same location.

LA GRANDE — There were five jewelry stores in La Grande in September 1982 when Rick Gately and Darwin Harris first opened the doors of their business — 40 years later, La Grande Gold and Silver is the only full-service jewelry and coin/bullion store store in the Grande Ronde Valley.

“We saw the value of having one in our area,” Gately said.

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Isabella Crowley is a reporter for The Observer. Contact her at 541-624-6014 or icrowley@lagrandeobserver.com.

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