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ACS 2017 Honorable Mentions




Small Cool Honorable Mentions

ACS 2017 Honorable Mentions

Bravo Jewellers

Owners and brothers Edward and Eugene Notovich designed their full-service jewelry store themselves. They started with a cement floor and four unfinished walls and planned out every detail of the store, from the layout of the rooms and the shape of the ceiling to the outdoor sign and the wallpaper. They also designed their showcases down to the millimeter and had them custom-made.


ACS 2017 Honorable Mentions

Hamilton Butler Jewels

Owners Joni Hamilton and Shelia Butler consider their store, just steps from Hermosa Beach Pier, to be a hang-out spot. They love it when people stop by just to sit and visit with a glass of wine or indulge in the bloody mary bar on Sundays. They also enjoy working with clients to help them cultivate their own jewelry collections. They design about 75 percent of their inventory, with price points that range from $200 to $500,000.


ACS 2017 Honorable Mentions

Branham’s Jewelry

Second-generation jewelers Ken Branham and Joyce Hill caught the entrepreneurial bug at an early age and followed in their parents’ footsteps. In the family’s new store, they created a “Treasured Memories” room in which a bridal party can prepare for a wedding in any of the resort community’s outdoor wedding venues.


ACS 2017 Honorable Mentions

Alchemy 925

Alchemy 925 is a contemporary jewelry and fine craft gallery near Boston that represents 50 artists. Repurposing old gemstones, remodeling heirlooms, designing and creating custom jewelry all make up a large part of the business, which is owned by Munya Avigail Upin and Kirsten Ball. If coolness is judged by the number of hugs received from strangers and new customers, the store is successful beyond measure, they agree.


ACS 2017 Honorable Mentions

Robert Hallett-Goldsmith

Rob Hallett and his wife and business partner, Kyle Kotchey, own a true mom-and-pop design studio and retail store in a picturesque courtyard setting. Having a two-person business has meant that both have had to be resourceful — willing to learn new skills and do almost anything they need at a professional level.


Big Cool Honorable Mentions

ACS 2017 Honorable Mentions

John Atencio

John Atencio’s new store was conceived to create a unique, open studio experience suited to Boulder. The designer’s signature jewelry is showcased with lights hidden from view by a drop-grid made of Colorado hardwood. The walls display oversized giclee prints of John’s original paintings. Showcases are designed to be movable so the space can easily be transformed for social events and special occasions.


ACS 2017 Honorable Mentions


Pyrrha designers Wade and Danielle Papin discovered a box of badly damaged wax seals in 2004 at an estate sale, which inspired Pyrrha’s line of talisman jewelry. In 2010, Pyrrha opened its flagship store.


ACS 2017 Honorable Mentions

Kesslers Diamond Center

In 2011, Kesslers became the only employee-owned retail jewelry company in North America. Its Grand Rapids store, which opened in 2015, represents a new market for the Wisconsin-based company with seven locations.


ACS 2017 Honorable Mentions

The Richter & Phillips Co.

A downtown Cincinnati anchor for generations, Richter & Phillips moved into its third downtown location in 2016. Owned by Fred, Rick, Art and Eric Fehr, the store has three generations on hand almost every day.


ACS 2017 Honorable Mentions

Koerber’s Fine Jewelry

To create a welcoming atmosphere in their new store, Felecia Koerber and her daughter, Jacquelyn, built a stone fireplace area with plush chairs where visitors can sit back and enjoy a cup of coffee or freshly-baked cookies from the coffee bar.



This Third-Generation Jeweler Was Ready for Retirement. He Called Wilkerson

Retirement is never easy, especially when it means the end to a business that was founded in 1884. But for Laura and Sam Sipe, it was time to put their own needs first. They decided to close J.C. Sipe Jewelers, one of Indianapolis’ most trusted names in fine jewelry, and call Wilkerson. “Laura and I decided the conditions were right,” says Sam. Wilkerson handled every detail in their going-out-of-business sale, from marketing to manning the sales floor. “The main goal was to sell our existing inventory that’s all paid for and turn that into cash for our retirement,” says Sam. “It’s been very, very productive.” Would they recommend Wilkerson to other jewelers who want to enjoy their golden years? Absolutely! “Call Wilkerson,” says Laura. “They can help you achieve your goals so you’ll be able to move into retirement comfortably.”

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