Tustin is closing its jewelry shop, after a judge ruled that the store’s owner failed to follow a local ordinance in a dispute over the sale of earrings.
The Tustins jewelry store, located at the corner of East 11th and S. Fair Oaks, had been selling earrings for more than a year and had attracted customers from across the city, said John Hock, the store owner.
The city said the earrings are not legal to sell and could not be used for anything other than jewelry.
“We feel this was a mistake,” said Tustens owner Tom Loomis, a former state senator.
“We don’t want people to feel unsafe or unsafe when they go into a store.”
The store is closing at the end of the month, he said.
Tustins has become a magnet for tony visitors, who flock to its jewelry store each year to shop and pay for earrings and other accessories.
The tony Tustons was founded in 1905 and has expanded to a number of upscale stores across California, according to its website.
The shop’s website says the jewelry store offers a wide selection of handmade jewelry from local makers, as well as traditional Chinese, Indian and European gems.
In its lawsuit, Tustines sought a temporary restraining order to prevent the store from closing.
Loomas said in a court filing that he could not sell his business because he did not follow city and state laws.
He argued that the city and the state do not have authority to regulate the sale or exchange of earring.
He also said the store does not have the authority to sell earrings on its premises, a contention the city has denied.
In response, the city said it would not issue a temporary injunction but would instead hold a hearing on its motion to dismiss.
The city’s attorney said in the court filing it was not aware of the lawsuit before it was filed, but would issue an opinion after the hearing.
Loomis said he is grateful for the community support, and said he has been able to work with the city to get his business back online.
“Our business has always been on the up and up and that’s what we’re going to continue to do, we’re just going to go from there,” he said in an interview.