Longtime Akron jeweler Henry B. Ball West going out of business. Reported by Betty Lin-Fisher. Lisa Ball Ponder, the fourth-generation owner of Henry B. Ball West, announced that the store was closing. The store opened in 1976, but has historical ties to a store that first opened 102 years ago. Ponder returned to Akron two years ago from Florida to take over the store from her then 91-year-old grandmother. The store was doing well, Ponder said in an interview, but a recent loss in the family and family health problems are pulling her and her husband back to Florida.