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Small Town Thing The sign flaps over the new maroon awning at Tuttle Jewelry in Angola, Ind. “Going Out of Business. Everything Must Go.” Inside, it’s the last day of the 33% Off Sale. Multiple signs fastened with masking tape to the pink walls scream “33% Off Everything.” People point at rings or lean over display cases. Tomorrow, it’ll be 50% off, but nobody’s thought that far ahead. “I need to see John.” A middle-aged man and his teenage son stand by the back door. John Gutermuth comes out. He’s in his early 40s. He has a boyish face; thick, silver curls; black sneakers. Gutermuth stands over the jewelry case with the man and his son. Their class ring discussion takes 15 minutes. The man and his son get up to leave. “I heard you’re going out of business,” says the man. “Yeah, we are,” says Gutermuth. “What’re you gonna do?” Gutermuth
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