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ACS 2004: The Judges

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Mark & Monika Clodius

Mark & Monika Clodius are the owners of Clodius & Co. Jewelers. The couple is a dynamic creative duo when it comes to the jewelry they make and the environment in which it is sold, as evidenced by the store’s co-winner status in Instore’s America’s Coolest Stores 2003 contest.

Karen Karch

Karen Karch is a maverick in American fine jewelry design. Based in New York City, she has emerged as a designer with a distinctive aesthetic that marries the past and the future. She was also co-winner of Instore’s “America’s Coolest Store” in 2003.

Linda Cahan

Linda Cahan is the principal of Cahan & Company Visual Design, with over 30 years in the visual merchandising business. Her experience includes visual merchandising for traditional department stores, specialty stores of all sizes and types, and large corporations.

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Greg Gorman

Greg Gorman is the principal of GMG DESIGN, a full service multi-disciplinary retail design consulting firm. With almost three decades of design experience, Gorman has worked with many different types of clients.

Deborah Yonick

Deborah Yonick is a veteran jewelry journalist, writing for many of the leading international trade magazines as well as penning a jewelry column for consumers that’s available online at www.thejewelrylady.info.

This story is from the August 2004 edition of INSTORE

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Jaki Cowan, the owner of Sollberger’s in Ridgeland, MS, decided the time was right to close up shop. The experience, she says, was like going into the great unknown. There were so many questions about the way to handle the store’s going-out-of-business sale. Luckily for Cowan, Wilkerson made the transition easier and managed everything, from marketing to markdowns.

“They think of everything that you don’t have the time to think of,” she says of the Wilkerson team that was assigned to manage the sale. And it was a total success, with financial goals met by Christmas with another sale month left to go.

Wilkerson even had a plan to manage things while Covid-19 restrictions were still in place. This included limiting the number of shoppers, masking and taking temperatures upon entrance. “We did everything we could to make the staff and public feel as safe as possible.”

Does she recommend Wilkerson to other retailers thinking of retiring, liquidating or selling excess merchandise? Absolutely. “If you are considering going out of business, it’s obviously an emotional journey. But truly rest assured that you’re in good hands with Wilkerson.”

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ACS 2004: The Judges

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The Judges

Mark & Monika Clodius

Mark & Monika Clodius are the owners of Clodius & Co. Jewelers. The couple is a dynamic creative duo when it comes to the jewelry they make and the environment in which it is sold, as evidenced by the store’s co-winner status in Instore’s America’s Coolest Stores 2003 contest.

Karen Karch

Karen Karch is a maverick in American fine jewelry design. Based in New York City, she has emerged as a designer with a distinctive aesthetic that marries the past and the future. She was also co-winner of Instore’s “America’s Coolest Store” in 2003.

Linda Cahan

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Linda Cahan is the principal of Cahan & Company Visual Design, with over 30 years in the visual merchandising business. Her experience includes visual merchandising for traditional department stores, specialty stores of all sizes and types, and large corporations.

Greg Gorman

Greg Gorman is the principal of GMG DESIGN, a full service multi-disciplinary retail design consulting firm. With almost three decades of design experience, Gorman has worked with many different types of clients.

Deborah Yonick

Deborah Yonick is a veteran jewelry journalist, writing for many of the leading international trade magazines as well as penning a jewelry column for consumers that’s available online at www.thejewelrylady.info.

This story is from the August 2004 edition of INSTORE

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SPONSORED VIDEO

Wilkerson Testimonials | Sollberger’s

Going Out of Business Is an Emotional Journey. Wilkerson Is There to Make It Easier.

Jaki Cowan, the owner of Sollberger’s in Ridgeland, MS, decided the time was right to close up shop. The experience, she says, was like going into the great unknown. There were so many questions about the way to handle the store’s going-out-of-business sale. Luckily for Cowan, Wilkerson made the transition easier and managed everything, from marketing to markdowns.

“They think of everything that you don’t have the time to think of,” she says of the Wilkerson team that was assigned to manage the sale. And it was a total success, with financial goals met by Christmas with another sale month left to go.

Wilkerson even had a plan to manage things while Covid-19 restrictions were still in place. This included limiting the number of shoppers, masking and taking temperatures upon entrance. “We did everything we could to make the staff and public feel as safe as possible.”

Does she recommend Wilkerson to other retailers thinking of retiring, liquidating or selling excess merchandise? Absolutely. “If you are considering going out of business, it’s obviously an emotional journey. But truly rest assured that you’re in good hands with Wilkerson.”

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