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Editor’s Note: Eileen McClelland On Relating To The Cool Crowd

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EDITOR’S NOTE

Their inspiration comes not so much from where they are now but how they got there.

BY EILEEN McCLELLAND
Published in the August 2014 issue

Ta-da! I’m excited to introduce the 2014 lineup of America’s Coolest Stores this month.

Yes, sometimes, I know, it may be hard to relate to “the cools.” Maybe you’re not ready to build a $2.5 million, architecturally distinctive store as Jay Klos did last year in Florence, AL. Or even spend a more modest amount on personalizing a rented space like David Iler did in 2005 in Portland, OR.

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But remember that it took years for them to be ready, too. They paid their dues before achieving their dreams.

Jay grew up in the jewelry business but went the wholesale route before unexpectedly finding his dream job as owner of a downtown jewelry store. When commerce shifted to the edge of town, he took a chance and leaped. Grogan Jewelers was featured in a series that appeared in INSTORE in 2012 and 2013. Jay shared with our readers the steps he took to build his destination store — from groundbreaking to his grand-opening party in June 2013, to which I was chauffeured in the store’s vintage Rolls Royce!

David had a successful career as a welder before finding jewelry to be a new calling — one suggested by his fishing buddies. He kept his day job while he apprenticed, unpaid, with a jeweler for two years, and opened his own store after paying his dues as a goldsmith in another. I felt privileged this summer to visit Alchemy, where David and his partner, Laura Mapes, demonstrated the kind of hospitality that endear them to their customers, who visit Alchemy for its personal touch as well as its artistic flair.


Eileen McClelland
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Editor’s Note: Eileen McClelland On Relating To The Cool Crowd

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EDITOR’S NOTE

Their inspiration comes not so much from where they are now but how they got there.

BY EILEEN McCLELLAND
Published in the August 2014 issue

Ta-da! I’m excited to introduce the 2014 lineup of America’s Coolest Stores this month.

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Yes, sometimes, I know, it may be hard to relate to “the cools.” Maybe you’re not ready to build a $2.5 million, architecturally distinctive store as Jay Klos did last year in Florence, AL. Or even spend a more modest amount on personalizing a rented space like David Iler did in 2005 in Portland, OR.

But remember that it took years for them to be ready, too. They paid their dues before achieving their dreams.

Jay grew up in the jewelry business but went the wholesale route before unexpectedly finding his dream job as owner of a downtown jewelry store. When commerce shifted to the edge of town, he took a chance and leaped. Grogan Jewelers was featured in a series that appeared in INSTORE in 2012 and 2013. Jay shared with our readers the steps he took to build his destination store — from groundbreaking to his grand-opening party in June 2013, to which I was chauffeured in the store’s vintage Rolls Royce!

David had a successful career as a welder before finding jewelry to be a new calling — one suggested by his fishing buddies. He kept his day job while he apprenticed, unpaid, with a jeweler for two years, and opened his own store after paying his dues as a goldsmith in another. I felt privileged this summer to visit Alchemy, where David and his partner, Laura Mapes, demonstrated the kind of hospitality that endear them to their customers, who visit Alchemy for its personal touch as well as its artistic flair.


Eileen McClelland
[email protected]

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Whether you want to go fishing — or enjoy some of the other good things life has to offer — you can take a cue from Jim Adair and choose Wilkerson to run your retirement sale. After 38 years in business, Adair decided it was time to enjoy some free time. His Missoula, Montana store, Adair Jewelers, will stay in business but without him at the helm. It was the perfect opportunity to call in the experts in retirement sales. Adair says he spoke to a lot of people who have done retirement sales to help him make his decision and he chose Wilkerson. “Wilkerson seemed to have the best set up, the best organization, the most current marketing of any of them,” he says. “If you want to run a successful sale, you have too much money on the line to be screwing around with trying to do it yourself.”

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