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America’s Coolest Stores-2009

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Here’s a sneak preview of the winners of INSTORE’s eighth annual "America’s Coolest Stores" contest. Winners will be featured in the August edition of INSTORE. But visitors to INSTOREMAG.COM can get an advance look at the winners, including many more photos of each store and other exclusive online content.

 

Congratulations to our winners, both big and small. You now officially rank among America’s very coolest stores. Thanks also to the more than 100 stores who entered this year’s contest. (The decisions were tougher this year than ever, judges said. So if you didn’t win, please try again next year.) And thanks to our superb judges for all the time they spent working with us on this year’s contest.  

 

ONLINE ONLY! See group editorial director David Squires congratulate the winning stores on video.

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1st Place

BIG COOL 

London Jewelers 

Manhasset, NY

Photo Gallery  | Story  | Judges’ Comments

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SMALL COOL 

Zoltan David

Bee Cave, TX 

Photo Gallery | Story  | Judges’ Comments

 

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2nd Place

BIG COOL 

Hyde Park Jewelers

Phoenix, AZ 

Photo Gallery | Story  | Judges’ Comments
 

 

SMALL COOL 

Patronik Designs and Jewelry Gallery

Burlingame, CA 

Photo Gallery | Story  | Judges’ Comments

 

3rd Place

BIG COOL 

Ylang|23

Dallas, TX 

Photo Gallery | Story  | Judges’ Comments

 

SMALL COOL 

The Green Bull Fine Jewelry Couture

Boerne, TX 

Photo Gallery | Story  | Judges’ Comments

 

4th Place

BIG COOL 

Diana Vincent Jewelry Designs

Washington Crossing, PA 

Photo Gallery | Story  | Judges’ Comments

 

SMALL COOL 

Spexton

Tulsa, OK

Photo Gallery | Story  | Judges’ Comments

 

5th Place

BIG COOL 

Manfredi Jewels

Greenwich, CT 

Photo Gallery | Story  | Judges’ Comments

 

SMALL COOL 

Dumont Estate Jewelry

New York, NY

Photo Gallery | Story  | Judges’ Comments

  

 

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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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America's Coolest Stores

America’s Coolest Stores-2009

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Here’s a sneak preview of the winners of INSTORE’s eighth annual "America’s Coolest Stores" contest. Winners will be featured in the August edition of INSTORE. But visitors to INSTOREMAG.COM can get an advance look at the winners, including many more photos of each store and other exclusive online content.

 

Congratulations to our winners, both big and small. You now officially rank among America’s very coolest stores. Thanks also to the more than 100 stores who entered this year’s contest. (The decisions were tougher this year than ever, judges said. So if you didn’t win, please try again next year.) And thanks to our superb judges for all the time they spent working with us on this year’s contest.  

 

ONLINE ONLY! See group editorial director David Squires congratulate the winning stores on video.

Advertisement

 

 

1st Place

BIG COOL 

London Jewelers 

Manhasset, NY

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Photo Gallery  | Story  | Judges’ Comments

 

SMALL COOL 

Zoltan David

Bee Cave, TX 

Photo Gallery | Story  | Judges’ Comments

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2nd Place

BIG COOL 

Hyde Park Jewelers

Phoenix, AZ 

Photo Gallery | Story  | Judges’ Comments
 

 

SMALL COOL 

Patronik Designs and Jewelry Gallery

Burlingame, CA 

Photo Gallery | Story  | Judges’ Comments

 

3rd Place

BIG COOL 

Ylang|23

Dallas, TX 

Photo Gallery | Story  | Judges’ Comments

 

SMALL COOL 

The Green Bull Fine Jewelry Couture

Boerne, TX 

Photo Gallery | Story  | Judges’ Comments

 

4th Place

BIG COOL 

Diana Vincent Jewelry Designs

Washington Crossing, PA 

Photo Gallery | Story  | Judges’ Comments

 

SMALL COOL 

Spexton

Tulsa, OK

Photo Gallery | Story  | Judges’ Comments

 

5th Place

BIG COOL 

Manfredi Jewels

Greenwich, CT 

Photo Gallery | Story  | Judges’ Comments

 

SMALL COOL 

Dumont Estate Jewelry

New York, NY

Photo Gallery | Story  | Judges’ Comments

  

 

Advertisement

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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