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ACS 2004: The Judges



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

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

This story is from the August 2004 edition of INSTORE


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