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2016 Honorable Mentions

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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 jewelers in upcoming issues of INSTORE.

BIG COOL(6 or More Full-Time Employees)

2016 Honorable Mentions

Marshall Pierce & Company

LOCATION: Chicago, IL
OWNERS: Jerry Bern Jr., Evan Bern
URL: marshallpierce.com

2016 Honorable Mentions

Thacker Jewelry

LOCATION: Lubbock, TX
OWNERS: Joe and Ann Thacker
URL: thackerjewelry.com

2016 Honorable Mentions

The Diamond Center

LOCATION: Janesville, WI
OWNERS: Steve Yeko Sr., Heidi Yeko, Steve Yeko Jr., Holly Yeko
URL: thediamondcenter.com

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2016 Honorable Mentions

Betteridge

LOCATION: Greenwich, CT
OWNERS: The Betteridge family
URL: betteridge. com

2016 Honorable Mentions

Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry

LOCATION: Redwood City, CA
OWNER: Stephen H. Silver
URL: stephensilver- finejewelry.com

 

SMALL COOL (5 or Fewer Full-Time Employees)

2016 Honorable Mentions

Designing Jewelers

LOCATION: La Crosse, WI
OWNERS: Al & Brenda Louis
URL: designingjewelers.com

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2016 Honorable Mentions

Onyx II Fine Jewelers

LOCATION: Watertown, CT
OWNER: Daniel Sanchez
URL: onyx-jewelers.com

2016 Honorable Mentions

Dianna Rae Jewelry

LOCATION: Lafayette, LA
OWNER: Dianna Rae High
URL: diannaraejewelry. com

2016 Honorable Mentions

Revolution Jewelry Works

LOCATION: Colorado Springs, CO
OWNER: Jennifer Farnes
URL: revolutionjewelryworks.com

2016 Honorable Mentions

Evans Jewelers

LOCATION: Smithfield, NC
OWNER: Daniel Evans Jr.
URL: evansjewelersnc.com

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