After nearly 33 years in business, The Shoe Salon — located in Miramar Beach — is set to close.

Co-owners Gary Holmes of Miramar Beach and Donna Adkins of Destin said it's bittersweet, but that they're excited to see what the future holds.

According to the two, there's no scheduled date for when they'll close, but foresee it being less than a year away. To help move things along, all of their inventory from shoes, handbags and other accessories are marked 25-80 percent off.

"While we had an unusual setting, unique product, tons of colors, depths and sizes, all of that was an attraction for what kept (customers) coming (and that) was the way they were taken care of," Holmes said.

Throughout the years, the business, which opened in 1986, has seen three different locations and had a sister store in Fort Walton Beach named The Shoe Box — where Adkins said she was originally hired to manage.

Holmes said that after he found Adkins in 1996, she became a key factor in creating the store's legacy known today.

"First and foremost, we've always said that this is God's shoe store, and we've always meant it," Adkins said. "I knew that when he brought me into the business, it was for more than just selling shoes."

Holmes said their Christian faith has been the store's foundation from the beginning, and influenced everything from the music they play, to their weekly schedule and the family-oriented relationships they developed along the way.

Around 14 years ago, the salon adopted an employee who quickly become one of the shop's most popular attractions, Powder Puff, a black standard-sized poodle Adkins said was introduced into the game to give the men and children something to do while the ladies shopped. After passing away last year, Adkins decided to carry on the tradition and brought Sweet Pea — another black standard-sized poodle — into the picture.

Since they announced their upcoming closure a few weeks ago, they've talked to many long-time customers who are heavyhearted to see them go. 

"Independent businesses are closing and it's very sad because it's very much a part of our generation, the luxury of being able to go in and not just shop, but be able to visit with the people that work there. It's not just shopping, it's just a total experience," Adkins said.

Their website and online services will be available until they close.

The two summarized their decision to close as "it was just time." Their hope is to end things on a good note, rather than watching the business they've worked so hard to build simmer out.

"An old surfer never dies, they say, but there's a time when he just wants to watch everybody else learn and see how it goes," Holmes said.