Eustis // Longtime Lake County businessman Guy “Smiley” Merry recently turned 100 years old. His company, Merry Jewelers, held a centennial celebration for him in December, offering 20 percent off purchases for customers who signed his large birthday card.
Merry originally opened his company in 1946. After retiring in 1965, he returned to the business 17 years later out of boredom. In addition to being a successful business owner, he served in various organizations, including president of the Eustis Kiwanis Club. He received the town’s Most Outstanding Merchant of the Year award in 2005.