HONORABLE MENTIONS

INSTORE EXTENDS its congratulations to 10 honorable mentions in the America’s Coolest Stores contest. Look out for full-length Cool Stores feature stories on these impressive stores in upcoming issues of INSTORE.

 

 

 

JONES BROS. JEWELERS
PEORIA, IL

URL: jonesbros.com
OWNERS: Betty Schlacter and Bob Woolsey
FOUNDED: 1939
OPENED FEATURED LOCATION: 2005
COOL FACTOR: Owner Bob Woolsey wrote the book on proposals. Called Propose Like a Man, the book has been expanded in concept to a website, proposelikeaman.com, to help guys in their greatest time of need.

 

THE GEM GALLERY
BOZEMAN, MT

URL: gemgallery.com
OWNER: Don Baide
FOUNDED: 1994
OPENED FEATURED LOCATION: 2013
COOL FACTOR: This is a place that appreciates its employees and invests in its team-building: All staff and their families are treated to a resort stay and party to celebrate the New Year.

 

EDMUND T. AHEE JEWELERS
GROSSE POINTE WOODS, MI

URL: ahee.com
OWNERS: Bettejean Ahee, John Ahee, Chris Ahee, Greg Ahee, Peter Ahee, Lowell Ahee, Gina Ahee, Christopher Ahee, Pamela Ahee Thomas, Anthony Ahee, Alex Ahee, Brielle Ahee, Gregory Ahee, Stefan Ahee
FOUNDED: 1947
OPENED FEATURED LOCATION: 1968 (renovated 2014)
COOL FACTOR: Ahee commits to staff by providing a healthy lunch every day, and it commits to future customers by giving the children of customers their very first watch for free.

 

KEVIN’S FINE JEWELRY
TOTOWA, NJ

URL: kevinsfinejewelry.com
OWNER: Kevin Seele
FOUNDED: 1990
OPENED FEATURED LOCATION: 2009
COOL FACTOR: Bridal customers, upon completing their purchase, are escorted next door to a restaurant that serves “Kevin’s Private Label” drinks for a proper celebratory toast.

 

DEVOTION
GARDEN CITY, NY

URL: devotiondiamonds.com
OWNER: The Sporn Company (Perry Sporn)
FOUNDED: 1981
OPENED FEATURED LOCATION: 2012
COOL FACTOR: Custom sculptures divide the interior space that features paneling in African rosewood and museum-like showcases.

 

 

 

 

 
 

MITCHELL’S JEWELRY
NORMAN, OK

URL: mitchells-jewelry.com
OWNERS: Newt and Gina Mitchell
FOUNDED: 1981
OPENED FEATURED LOCATION: 2013
COOL FACTOR: The store’s tagline may be “Where Oklahoma Gets Engaged,” but it’s also where Oklahoma hides from tornadoes ... in the basement tornado shelter open to all comers.

 

STAR JEWELERS ON HIGH
COLUMBUS, OH

URL: starjewelersonhigh.com
OWNERS: Dennis, Elaine and Rachel Howard
FOUNDED: 1994
OPENED FEATURED LOCATION: 2014
COOL FACTOR: The store takes a different approach to merchandising. Rather than arranging products by price or designer, Star fills its cases by the aesthetics of pieces and how they complement each other on display.

 

PERSONA JEWELRY+
BOSTON, MA

URL: personastyle.com
OWNERS: Margarita Druker and Gary Shteyman
FOUNDED: 2004
OPENED FEATURED LOCATION: 2014
COOL FACTOR: To ensure a bridal customer’s satisfaction, the store’s “Diamonds 101” class adds a few Cs to the standard four: Commitment to the jewelry design for the long-run, Conceptual meaning within the design, Cost analysis for goods and Consideration for longevity of materials.

 

THE GOLDSMITH
FOND DU LAC, WI

URL: thegoldsmithfdl.com
OWNERS: Ron and Terri Emanuel
FOUNDED: 1974
OPENED FEATURED LOCATION: 1986 (renovated 2015)
COOL FACTOR: Owner Ron Emanuel created a pendant in the shape of nearby Lake Winnebago. Using Google Earth, he can set a gemstone in the exact location of someone’s lake house or favorite fishing spot.

 

GB JEWELERS
WARRENTON, OR

URL: gbjewelers.com
OWNERS: James W. Gannaway and Timothy J Gannaway
FOUNDED: 1974
OPENED FEATURED LOCATION: 2014
COOL FACTOR: The store’s 30-foot clock tower with 6-foot clock isn’t just a landmark; it houses a carillon that plays the wedding march when a newly engaged couple leaves the store.

 


GENE THE JEWELER

Something Big Is Missing From Gene the Jeweler's Business

Several somethings, actually. And as in many other cases, the issue is not so much about what the fictional jeweler is doing. It's what he's not doing.


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