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In Celebrating 20 Years of INSTORE, Our Readers, Advertisers and Team Deserve Credit

We’re all in this thing together.



I’m happily tongue-tied. Flabbergasted. Bursting with thought but at a loss for words.

This issue, we celebrate 20 years of INSTORE.

Can you believe it? It seems like only yesterday that we were a fledgling publication in a crowded field of giants, trying to carve out our own niche and convince advertisers that yes, our readers really did love us!

Many of you have shared with us how much INSTORE has meant to you. Well, you mean even more to us, because without the support you’ve shown to us and our advertisers, we wouldn’t still be here.


So, I want to take this opportunity to thank you, our readers, for sticking with us through thick and thin, for giving us your feedback, for sharing your best ideas and practices, and for putting your faith in our work. It means the absolute world to our entire team.

I also want to thank our advertisers. Many of you have trusted our publication to promote your businesses for over a decade. Our readers notice, and we notice. Your faith in us matters more than just dollars and cents — it feels like we’re all in this together.

Lastly, I want to thank our superlative team at INSTORE. We have visionary leadership, the most conscientious editors in the business, a sales team who “gets it” and loves our industry, and a design team that’s constantly pushing our visual approach to the cutting edge.

Congratulations on 20 years of INSTORE — to all of us!

In Celebrating 20 Years of INSTORE, Our Readers, Advertisers and Team Deserve Credit

Trace Shelton

Editor-in-Chief, INSTORE
[email protected]

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Trace Shelton is the editor-in-chief of INSTORE magazine. He can be reached at [email protected].



Thinking of Liquidating? Wilkerson’s Got You Covered

Bil Holehan, the manager of Julianna’s Fine Jewelry in Corte Madera, Calif., decided to go on to the next chapter of his life when the store’s owner and namesake told him she was set to retire. Before they left, Holehan says they decided to liquidate some of the store’s aging inventory. They chose Wilkerson for the sale. Why? “Friends had done their sales with Wilkerson and they were very satisfied,” says Holehan. He’d enthusiastically recommend Wilkerson to anyone looking to stage a liquidation or going-out-of-business sale. “There were no surprises,” he says. “They were very professional in their assessment of our store, what we could expect from the sale and they were very detailed in their projections. They were pretty much on the money.”

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