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Closing Time

Remember… there is life after jewelry retail.

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THIS MONTH’S LEAD STORY may leave some of you scratching your heads.

A magazine for jewelry store owners running a big feature which tells them how to get out of the business?

Like everyone in the industry, we want the jewelry business as a whole to continue to grow and prosper. (Who needs high-end multimedia components? Let’s trounce those luxury car dealerships!) But most of all, we’re here to support you ? every single individual amongst the 22,000+ storeowners who receive this magazine each month.

And we know that there are storeowners out there who are struggling, who are unhappy, and who might be thinking ?Is this really the right business for me?

Maybe you’re facing long hours, small profits, and an ever-strengthening competition. Or maybe you’re simply … let’s whisper the word so nobody else can hear us … bored.

Of course, there are many things you can do to turn it around. And, in these pages each month, we present many ideas you can use to boost your happiness, your effectiveness, and your chance of survival.

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But you know what? If all that still doesn’t work, then maybe it really is time to get out. And the goal of this month’s lead stry is to reassure you that it really will be okay — that there is life after jewelry retail. The stories in this month’s lead are vivid proof of that. 

Wishing you the very best business …

David Squires

David Squires is the Group Editorial Director of SmartWork Media. He believes that the first role of business media is to inspire readers.

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The store was a landmark in Topeka, Kansas, but after 80 years in business, it was time for Briman’s Leading Jewelers to close up shop. Third generation jeweler and owner Rob Briman says the decision wasn’t easy, but the sale that followed was — all thanks to Wilkerson. Briman had decided a year prior to the summer 2020 sale that he wanted to retire. With a pandemic in full force, he had plenty of questions and concerns. “We had no real way to know if we were going to be successful or have a failure on our hands,” says Briman. “We didn’t know what to expect.” But with Wilkerson in charge, the experience was “fantastic” and now there’s plenty of time for relaxing and enjoying a more secure retirement. “I would recommend Wilkerson to any retailer considering a going-out-of-business sale,” says Briman. “They’ll help you reach your financial goal. Our experience was a tremendous success.”

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