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(Our November print issue includes a feature story detailing “10 Steps to Last-Minute Holiday Success.” Today we bring you an excerpt explaining one of those steps: creating useful window displays.)


Holiday Ideas: Here’s the Secret to Compelling Window Displays for the Holidays

The fabulous high-concept windows at Onyx II Fine Jewelers in Watertown, CT, helped the shop win Cool Store acclaim for 2016. The secret to creating compelling windows is to include elements that draw attention to your jewelry in ways that a showcase can’t.

Brand manager James Michael Murphy notes that while jewelry is beautiful, it’s far too small and detailed to attract people passing by in their cars. For 2015, the Onyx II “Yuletide Treasures”-themed window featured an electric fireplace, complete with an exterior speaker playing a crackling fire sound, plus beautiful trees in the shop’s theme colors and stockings overflowing with Onyx gift-wrapped goodies.

French’s Jewellery’s Laurelle Giesbrecht has always had an eye for display, and at the end of every day, she pauses to examine how the store looks. While display comes naturally to her, she knows that’s not always true of her staff.

So when she sees an area of her store that needs attention, she takes a “before” picture, spruces up the problem area, and then takes an “after” picture. She displays the photos on a board for her staff titled “This is how we do this.”

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Says Giesbrecht: “It’s worth a thousand words.”

Holiday Ideas: Here’s the Secret to Compelling Window Displays for the Holidays LEFT: Exceptional framing and unusual colors mark Onyx displays.
RIGHT: A French’s display uses real evergreen trimmings.

 

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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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Holiday Ideas: Here’s the Secret to Compelling Window Displays for the Holidays

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(Our November print issue includes a feature story detailing “10 Steps to Last-Minute Holiday Success.” Today we bring you an excerpt explaining one of those steps: creating useful window displays.)


Holiday Ideas: Here’s the Secret to Compelling Window Displays for the Holidays

The fabulous high-concept windows at Onyx II Fine Jewelers in Watertown, CT, helped the shop win Cool Store acclaim for 2016. The secret to creating compelling windows is to include elements that draw attention to your jewelry in ways that a showcase can’t.

Brand manager James Michael Murphy notes that while jewelry is beautiful, it’s far too small and detailed to attract people passing by in their cars. For 2015, the Onyx II “Yuletide Treasures”-themed window featured an electric fireplace, complete with an exterior speaker playing a crackling fire sound, plus beautiful trees in the shop’s theme colors and stockings overflowing with Onyx gift-wrapped goodies.

French’s Jewellery’s Laurelle Giesbrecht has always had an eye for display, and at the end of every day, she pauses to examine how the store looks. While display comes naturally to her, she knows that’s not always true of her staff.

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So when she sees an area of her store that needs attention, she takes a “before” picture, spruces up the problem area, and then takes an “after” picture. She displays the photos on a board for her staff titled “This is how we do this.”

Says Giesbrecht: “It’s worth a thousand words.”

Holiday Ideas: Here’s the Secret to Compelling Window Displays for the Holidays LEFT: Exceptional framing and unusual colors mark Onyx displays.
RIGHT: A French’s display uses real evergreen trimmings.

 

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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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