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Editor’s Note: It’s Time For a New Beginning

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Welcome to INSTORE’s annual engagement and wedding issue. This year, it’s all about new beginnings. 

One of the best things about being a jewelry retailer is sharing in the hope, joy and commitment of happy couples — because an engagement ring wraps all of those beautiful qualities into a tangible and eternal package of the most precious materials known to man. And you get to deliver it.

That’s why, each year, we pack this special issue with the top new products, success stories, tips and advice in the engagement and wedding category that we can find. By doing so, we hope to provide you with fresh thoughts about what to offer incoming shoppers and how to approach the sales presentation. In effect, a new beginning of your own.

Speaking of new beginnings, this issue also marks my first as the new editor-in-chief of INSTORE, and I couldn’t be more excited about taking the reins (although I am a bit nervous to follow in the footsteps of David Squires, the man who invented INSTORE, and who is still very much with us as group editorial director). 

From my early days as an advertising professional back in the late 1990s, I’ve worked with independent jewelry retailers and have always admired your entrepreneurial spirit and willingness to try new ideas. That’s also what drew me to INSTORE (my first story appeared way back in the December 2003 issue), and that’s why I’m super-pumped to be back on the magazine full-time.

Our goals haven’t changed: We still aim to deliver the most incisive business advice in the industry while also telling your stories, because it’s through those stories that we can all celebrate what it means to be a jeweler. 

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Happy to be on board, and hope you enjoy the issue!

Trace Shelton
Editor-in-Chief, INSTORE

[email protected]

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Celebrate Your Retirement with Wilkerson

For nearly three decades, Suzanne and Tom Arnold ran a successful business at Facets Fine Jewelry in Arlington, Va. But the time came when the Arnolds wanted to do some of the things you put off while you’ve got a business to run. “We decided it was time to retire,” says Suzanne, who claims the couple knew how to open a store, how to run a store but “didn’t know how to close a store.” So, they hired Wilkerson to do it for them. When she called, Suzanne says Wilkerson offered every option for the sale she could have hoped for. Better still, “the sale exceeded our financial goals like crazy,” she says. And customers came, not only to take advantage of the going-out-of-business buys and mark-downs, but to wish a bon voyage to the beloved proprietors of a neighborhood institution. “People were celebrating our retirement, and that was so special,” says says.

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Editor’s Note: It’s Time For a New Beginning

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Welcome to INSTORE’s annual engagement and wedding issue. This year, it’s all about new beginnings. 

One of the best things about being a jewelry retailer is sharing in the hope, joy and commitment of happy couples — because an engagement ring wraps all of those beautiful qualities into a tangible and eternal package of the most precious materials known to man. And you get to deliver it.

That’s why, each year, we pack this special issue with the top new products, success stories, tips and advice in the engagement and wedding category that we can find. By doing so, we hope to provide you with fresh thoughts about what to offer incoming shoppers and how to approach the sales presentation. In effect, a new beginning of your own.

Speaking of new beginnings, this issue also marks my first as the new editor-in-chief of INSTORE, and I couldn’t be more excited about taking the reins (although I am a bit nervous to follow in the footsteps of David Squires, the man who invented INSTORE, and who is still very much with us as group editorial director). 

From my early days as an advertising professional back in the late 1990s, I’ve worked with independent jewelry retailers and have always admired your entrepreneurial spirit and willingness to try new ideas. That’s also what drew me to INSTORE (my first story appeared way back in the December 2003 issue), and that’s why I’m super-pumped to be back on the magazine full-time.

Advertisement

Our goals haven’t changed: We still aim to deliver the most incisive business advice in the industry while also telling your stories, because it’s through those stories that we can all celebrate what it means to be a jeweler. 

Happy to be on board, and hope you enjoy the issue!

Trace Shelton
Editor-in-Chief, INSTORE

[email protected]

Advertisement

SPONSORED VIDEO

Celebrate Your Retirement with Wilkerson

For nearly three decades, Suzanne and Tom Arnold ran a successful business at Facets Fine Jewelry in Arlington, Va. But the time came when the Arnolds wanted to do some of the things you put off while you’ve got a business to run. “We decided it was time to retire,” says Suzanne, who claims the couple knew how to open a store, how to run a store but “didn’t know how to close a store.” So, they hired Wilkerson to do it for them. When she called, Suzanne says Wilkerson offered every option for the sale she could have hoped for. Better still, “the sale exceeded our financial goals like crazy,” she says. And customers came, not only to take advantage of the going-out-of-business buys and mark-downs, but to wish a bon voyage to the beloved proprietors of a neighborhood institution. “People were celebrating our retirement, and that was so special,” says says.

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