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Harry Winston, aka Winston the Yorkie, is the shop dog at Art + Soul in Boulder, CO. His claim to fame, says owner Debbie Klein, is that he is “The Best Dog. Ever.” His job duties include lounging in the sun in the front window and attracting passersby. “He is our greatest marketing tool,” Klein says. “If you have a cookie, he will be your best friend for life. He used to have more friends on Facebook than I did until Facebook required us to provide proof that he was over age 13 to continue his page. He didn’t have a current, ID, so they shut it down.”
Although they are semi-retired from the business, Lois Morganstern and sidekick Gabriella stop by YLANG YLANG in St. Louis, MO, several times a week to open the mail, pay bills and greet clients. “They are the cutest little duo,” says Julie Ettinger, Lois’ daughter and current owner of YLANG YLANG. “They don’t go anywhere without the other."
At Malka Diamonds & Jewelry in Portland, OR, Toby always arrives with a smile.
Rachel Howard of Star Jewelers on High in Columbus, OH, says her shop dog, Daisy, an Australian shepherd, loves to sit in the store window and people watch, and as a result, brings passersby in to say hi. “Her favorite customers are engagement ring shoppers,” Howard says. “We think she senses their anxiety and sits by them to be a therapy dog and a source of comfort.”
At Erickson Jewelers in Iron Mountain, MI, Ringo and Tino love to snuggle.
Coco, a Maltese-poodle mix, is chief morale officer at LaLonde Jewelers & Gemologists in Gross Pointe Farms, MI, owned by Daniel and Cynthia LaLonde. When she’s not posing for glamour shots for advertisements, she can regularly be found waiting for customers at the door.
At Elizabeth Diamond Co. in Dayton, OH, German shepherd DaisyGirl comes to the store with owner Sonny Singhvi every day. She spends time on the sales floor greeting clients and has a following of fans who stop by to see and pet her. She also specializes in sitting pretty on elegant, upholstered chairs.
Shelby has been a greeter at Vogan Gold & Silver Works in Colorado Springs since she was 10 weeks old. While she loves all customers, she is having an “open fling” with the neighborhood UPS delivery man, Wayne. “I sawy open because Wayne’s wife is well aware and is OK that he has Shelby’s picture on the visor in his big brown truck,” says Teri Vogan. Though Shelby will not change watch batteries, size a ring or tighten a diamond, she is good at customer service in the form of retail therapy. “She works hard,” Vogan says, “and only asks for animal crackers and elbow rubs.” (In the photo, apprentice Hollie Hyde offers Shelby an elbow rub.)
Independence, aka Indi, belongs to the owners of a hardware store that happens to be next door to Persona Custom & Fine Jewelry on Charles Street, a pedestrian-friendly shopping mecca in Boston. As Indi’s name suggests, she goes where she pleases. But as a luxury lover, she prefers to spend much of her time on the red carpet entrance to Persona or perched on the store’s Swarovski-crystal tufted, overstuffed accent chair. People come by to visit Indi, who may look haughty but is actually quite approachable, according to Persona’s creative director Dustin Rennells. Photo credit: Kelsey Riggs.
Rescue dogs Quincy (black and white) and Journey (brown and white) both work for Robert Goodman Jewelers in Zionsville, IN. Because the store, owned by Robert and Rose-Marie Goodman, has a museum vibe, they have become experts at posing as if they, too, are fabulous works of art.
Rescue dogs Quincy (black and white) and Journey (brown and white) of Robert Goodman Jewelers in Zionsville, IN spend quality time peering out the front door.
Lily & Company Jewelers, owned by Karen Bell and Dan Schuyler, was named for Bell’s Labradoodle, Lily, who has become the face of the business in print ads and billboards, where, adorned with top of the line, photo-shopped jewels, she greets every visitor to Sanibel Island. Every year, Lily’s birthday party is a major event on the island.
Roo, an Italian greyhound, has a regal presence befitting her luxurious environment at DeBoulle. “Since 2015, Roo has been sniffing out the best jewelry and customers,” says Josh Garcia, director of creative and marketing. “Before her day begins, we make sure she is pampered and polished, and she loves to wear jewelry. Her typical day involves greeting everyone at the door to deliver the de Boulle experience – and puppy kisses.”
Jewel and Gemma are very effective in the HR department, according to owner Stephenie Bjorkman. They keep everyon on an even keel, staff and customers alike. “Animals are great therapists,” she says. “When clients come in they quickly forget they are “just looking” and immediately let their guard down. Gemma also sits on kids’ laps when they get their ears pierced, easing anxiety. They entertain watch customers, too, while they are waiting. “I can hear customers say, `This is the last time I will throw the ball for you’ then an hour passes, Bjorkman says.
“Meet Charlie, our newest and cutest part-time sales associate. He’s best with greeting customers and making everyone smile,” says Mitchell Dickler, president of Mitchell’s.
At Nancy and David Fine Jewels in Milburn, NJ, co-owners David and Nancy Stone know they can rely on mini-poodle Rico to welcome every customer.
French bulldog Gaston, pictured in the loving arms of owner Ashley Porter, spends lots of his time planted on the threshold, wagging his whole body, daring you to keep walking without scratching behind his ears. Everyone takes his photo, framed in the doorway of the boutique, with its iconic French Quarter architecture. Tourists also ask Gaston to pose for selfies with them. Photo credit: Eileen McClelland
Chocolate lab Max, professional greeter, is co-owned by Douglas Elliott (pictured) and Marisa Perry, who together own and manage Marisa Perry Atelier.
The store greeter at YLANG-YLANG in St. Louis, MO, couldn't be any cuter.
Here's a friendly face at Lowden Jewelers in Marion, IN.
Colorado Jeweler Claims His Canine is the ‘Best. Dog. Ever’ … and More of America’s Cutest Jewelry Store Mascots