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Do You Or Don’t You … Are You Planning a Summer Vacation?We are a literal “mom and pop,” so we are going to close two Saturdays a month and since we are closed Mondays, that will give us half a dozen three-day weekends. Worked great last year and we didn’t miss much business to speak of. — Cliff Yankovich; Chimera Design, Lowell, MI

Emporia, KS, to visit Glendo Corp. to learn the fine art of hand engraving. It may not sound like a holiday, but I have been there for another course and enjoyed it immensely. I came home with more knowledge than when I left, and I felt like my batteries had been recharged. — Paul LeMay; Golden Enterprises, Bracebridge, ON

Thailand. I’ll hit the beaches down south and do a little jewelry buying. The weekend market in Bangkok is a must-do for great Thai artists! — Jeff Ferris; Jef Excessories, Pensacola. FL

Fishing in Canada. No phone, no radio, no TV. Just total peace and quiet, northern lights and awesome fishing. I forget about everything work-related for a week. I highly recommend it. It rejuvenates me entirely. — R. Thomas Nelson; Nelson Jewelry, Spencer, IA

Hawaii with my boyfriend. Don’t intend to bring my cell phone. — Holly Olson; Thomas Markle Jewelers, Kingwood, TX

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Europe! First time since we’ve opened that the vacation didn’t connect with a jewelry show!  — Cathy Cook; Cathy Cook Jewelry, Vidor, TX

Florida for the month of July. Although I am always accessible by e-mail or phone, there is something calming and peaceful about being at the beach.  — Dorothy Retzke; Krystyna’s Jewelry, Chicago, IL

Edisto Beach, SC. To make sure it’s a vacation my employees are empowered to handle virtually all situations. I have talked with the store during my vacation probably twice over the last 15 years. — Bill Elliott; Ross Elliott Jewelers, Terre Haute, IN

California. You have to take the time to relax and refresh and build memories with your family or why are we doing this in the first place? — Chris Snowden; Snowdens Jewelers, Wilmington, NC

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Won’t be able to get away this year. My game plan for the store should be complete this year, and then I will feel more comfortable leaving for a break next year.— John Turrentine; Thomas S. Fox Diamond Jewelers, Grand Rapids, MI

Will take random days off, but I insist my staff take their time off. — Rosanne Kroen; Rosanne’s Diamonds & Gold, South Bend, IN

Summer is our season here on the coast. Of course, going to work on the ocean at Cape Cod is not so bad.— Steven Wardle; Forest Beach Design, Chatham, MA

We are in high-foot-traffic shopping districts. Time to vacation is when it’s slower in January or October.— Jeff Weintrop; The Silver Lady, University City, MO

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I’m the only one here and can’t afford to close. But don’t need to anyway — love what I do! — Janne Etz; Contemporary Concepts, Cocoa, FL

[span class=note]This story is from the July 2010 edition of INSTORE[/span]

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Do You Or Don’t You … Are You Planning a Summer Vacation?

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Do You Or Don’t You … Are You Planning a Summer Vacation?We are a literal “mom and pop,” so we are going to close two Saturdays a month and since we are closed Mondays, that will give us half a dozen three-day weekends. Worked great last year and we didn’t miss much business to speak of. — Cliff Yankovich; Chimera Design, Lowell, MI

Emporia, KS, to visit Glendo Corp. to learn the fine art of hand engraving. It may not sound like a holiday, but I have been there for another course and enjoyed it immensely. I came home with more knowledge than when I left, and I felt like my batteries had been recharged. — Paul LeMay; Golden Enterprises, Bracebridge, ON

Thailand. I’ll hit the beaches down south and do a little jewelry buying. The weekend market in Bangkok is a must-do for great Thai artists! — Jeff Ferris; Jef Excessories, Pensacola. FL

Fishing in Canada. No phone, no radio, no TV. Just total peace and quiet, northern lights and awesome fishing. I forget about everything work-related for a week. I highly recommend it. It rejuvenates me entirely. — R. Thomas Nelson; Nelson Jewelry, Spencer, IA

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Hawaii with my boyfriend. Don’t intend to bring my cell phone. — Holly Olson; Thomas Markle Jewelers, Kingwood, TX

Europe! First time since we’ve opened that the vacation didn’t connect with a jewelry show!  — Cathy Cook; Cathy Cook Jewelry, Vidor, TX

Florida for the month of July. Although I am always accessible by e-mail or phone, there is something calming and peaceful about being at the beach.  — Dorothy Retzke; Krystyna’s Jewelry, Chicago, IL

Edisto Beach, SC. To make sure it’s a vacation my employees are empowered to handle virtually all situations. I have talked with the store during my vacation probably twice over the last 15 years. — Bill Elliott; Ross Elliott Jewelers, Terre Haute, IN

California. You have to take the time to relax and refresh and build memories with your family or why are we doing this in the first place? — Chris Snowden; Snowdens Jewelers, Wilmington, NC

[componentheading]No, I’m not[/componentheading]

Won’t be able to get away this year. My game plan for the store should be complete this year, and then I will feel more comfortable leaving for a break next year.— John Turrentine; Thomas S. Fox Diamond Jewelers, Grand Rapids, MI

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Will take random days off, but I insist my staff take their time off. — Rosanne Kroen; Rosanne’s Diamonds & Gold, South Bend, IN

Summer is our season here on the coast. Of course, going to work on the ocean at Cape Cod is not so bad.— Steven Wardle; Forest Beach Design, Chatham, MA

We are in high-foot-traffic shopping districts. Time to vacation is when it’s slower in January or October.— Jeff Weintrop; The Silver Lady, University City, MO

I’m the only one here and can’t afford to close. But don’t need to anyway — love what I do! — Janne Etz; Contemporary Concepts, Cocoa, FL

[span class=note]This story is from the July 2010 edition of INSTORE[/span]

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Wilkerson Testimonials

If It’s Time to Consolidate, It’s Time to Call Wilkerson

When Tom Moses decided to close one of the two Moses Jewelers stores in western Pennsylvania, it was time to call in the experts. After reviewing two candidates, Moses, a co-owner of the 72 year-old business, decided to go with Wilkerson. The sale went better than expected. Concerned about running it during the pandemic, Moses says it might have helped the sale. “People wanted to get out, so there was pent-up demand,” he says. “Folks were not traveling so there was disposable income, and we don’t recall a single client commenting to us, feeling uncomfortable. It was busy in here!” And perhaps most importantly, Wilkerson was easy to deal with, he says, and Susan, their personal Wilkerson consultant, was knowledgeable, organized and “really good.” Now, the company can focus on their remaining location — without the hassle of carrying over merchandise that either wouldn’t fit or hadn’t sold. “The decision to hire Wilkerson was a good one,” says Moses.

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