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5 Neil Armstrong would have turned 90 this month (Aug. 5) and Louis Armstrong 120 (Aug. 4). One took a small step for mankind, the other wondered what a wonderful world this could be. In a year when there has been so much to get down about, mark their birthdays with a plan to produce your own line of inspirational pendants or charms with whatever theme seems fitting — love, unity, perseverance. (And if you need a reminder about the power of jewelry, keep in mind that Neil is believed to have left such a bracelet on the moon in memory of his young daughter, who died at the age of 2.)

1 Mark GIRLFRIENDS DAY by holding a “Bring A Friend Event” in the store. There’s nothing like a shopping buddy oohing and ahhing over a piece to get the acquisitional urges flowing.

21 On MEN’S GROOMING DAY, team up with a local men’s spa or upscale hairdresser. Print gift cards for them to hand out offering $50 or $100 in free store credit to be used with any of your men’s jewelry.

26 On NATIONAL DOG DAY, invite customers to bring in their “best friends,” hold a dog fashion show, and raise money for the local no-kill shelter.

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