Seekers Glass Gallery closed Nov. 15 after more than three decades in Cambria’s East Village. Owned by Alice and David Dietderich since 2005, the gallery was founded by Lynda and Michael Adelson in August 1981 upstairs in an adjacent building. It moved to the anchor suite at 4090 Burton Drive in 1983.
The gallery sold glass art from more than 200 artists ranging in price from $15 to $20,000. In 2003, Lynda Adelson said annual sales, were in the low- to mid-seven figures. The gallery had about 20 employees in 2005.
Through the years Seekers consistently made the list of the top retailers of American crafts in Niche, a trade magazine.
Alice Dietderich began work at Seekers in 1987 and became general manager in 1997.
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The Dietderichs declined to comment about the closure.
The Adelsons, still Cambria residents and owners of Gallerie Lulu, say they’re profoundly sad to see Seekers close.
“I’m devastated, heartbroken,” Lynda Adelson said of the closure.
“I’m shocked,” said Kathy Unger, co-owner of Moonstones American Craft Gallery, located near Seekers. “I’m deeply saddened” for the Dietderiches, she said. “It’s scary and shocking. We opened our doors at the same time Seekers did. It just makes me cry.”
Heather Trimble, whose Casa de Oro jewelry-and-art store is next door to the now-vacant Seekers unit, said the gallery’s departure leaves her shop as the only surviving original tenant of the building.