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Loann Stokes of Stokes
Jewelry Services in
Stillwater, MN, gets
some work done at the
bench in her favorite
old (circa early-2000s)
INSTORE Brain Squad
T-shirt.

HAVE FAITH

The jewelry business is definitely going through
a change, and retailers seem to be thinning out.
Yeah, things are changing, but it’s not all for the
bad. It’s time to be optimistic, vigilant and have
faith that there is a lot of promise for the future.

Gannon Brousseau, Marc Majors, Sam L. Majors, Midland, TX

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This article originally appeared in the August 2016 edition of INSTORE.


OLD, SMELLY,
GRUMPY

As I travel around the
USA, I frequently stop into
jewelry stores. I love to
learn, and what better way
than from other jewelers?
I would have to say that
half of them are very sad
to me. Antiquated, old,
smelly, grumpy … They
needed to close their
doors a long time ago and
stop giving good jewelers
a bad name. But the
other half, WOW! They
inspire me, encourage me, motivate me. Kudos
to those out there giving
it their all. This is what a
jewelry store should be. —
Doug Meadows, David
Douglas Diamonds &
Jewelry, Marietta, GA


MORE INFO,
PLEASE

A few manufacturers,
designers, and vendors
put complete information
about a piece on a tag or on
the invoice. Most do not.
It would make it much
easier if they provided the retailer with the number
of stones, TCW, etc. for all
items. —

Gary Richmond,
Van Horne & Co.,
Granger, IN


FULL OF
SURPRISES

I enjoyed reading the July
issue. It was a fun read —
retail is full of surprises! —

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Betsy Barron, Love &
Luxe, San Francisco, CA


A MATTER
OF SCALE

I wish you could scale
the scope of your articles
down to those under
$500,000 in sales. It seems
that all your contributors
are from major markets
or major corporations.
They see the world from
the second-story executive
office, not from the
broom-handle end of the
business. They always
assume we have 10 to 12
staff members to train
and assign duties for. Not
all of us have a 2 to 5 million
population to draw
from either. Scalability
is the challenge reading
most of the articles. It
would be neat to have a
section of downsized ideas
matching the big ideas
from your writers. —
Bill
Longnecker, Longnecker
Jewelry, McCook, NE



Send your letter to INSTORE’s editors at [email protected].

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Inbox: August 2016

Published

on

Loann Stokes of Stokes
Jewelry Services in
Stillwater, MN, gets
some work done at the
bench in her favorite
old (circa early-2000s)
INSTORE Brain Squad
T-shirt.

HAVE FAITH

Advertisement

The jewelry business is definitely going through
a change, and retailers seem to be thinning out.
Yeah, things are changing, but it’s not all for the
bad. It’s time to be optimistic, vigilant and have
faith that there is a lot of promise for the future.

Gannon Brousseau, Marc Majors, Sam L. Majors, Midland, TX

This article originally appeared in the August 2016 edition of INSTORE.


OLD, SMELLY,
GRUMPY

As I travel around the
USA, I frequently stop into
jewelry stores. I love to
learn, and what better way
than from other jewelers?
I would have to say that
half of them are very sad
to me. Antiquated, old,
smelly, grumpy … They
needed to close their
doors a long time ago and
stop giving good jewelers
a bad name. But the
other half, WOW! They
inspire me, encourage me, motivate me. Kudos
to those out there giving
it their all. This is what a
jewelry store should be. —
Doug Meadows, David
Douglas Diamonds &
Jewelry, Marietta, GA


MORE INFO,
PLEASE

A few manufacturers,
designers, and vendors
put complete information
about a piece on a tag or on
the invoice. Most do not.
It would make it much
easier if they provided the retailer with the number
of stones, TCW, etc. for all
items. —

Gary Richmond,
Van Horne & Co.,
Granger, IN

Advertisement

FULL OF
SURPRISES

I enjoyed reading the July
issue. It was a fun read —
retail is full of surprises! —

Betsy Barron, Love &
Luxe, San Francisco, CA


A MATTER
OF SCALE

I wish you could scale
the scope of your articles
down to those under
$500,000 in sales. It seems
that all your contributors
are from major markets
or major corporations.
They see the world from
the second-story executive
office, not from the
broom-handle end of the
business. They always
assume we have 10 to 12
staff members to train
and assign duties for. Not
all of us have a 2 to 5 million
population to draw
from either. Scalability
is the challenge reading
most of the articles. It
would be neat to have a
section of downsized ideas
matching the big ideas
from your writers. —
Bill
Longnecker, Longnecker
Jewelry, McCook, NE



Send your letter to INSTORE’s editors at [email protected].

Advertisement

Continue Reading
Advertisement

SPONSORED VIDEO

Wilkerson Testimonials

Retirement Made Easy with Wilkerson

The store was a landmark in Topeka, Kansas, but after 80 years in business, it was time for Briman’s Leading Jewelers to close up shop. Third generation jeweler and owner Rob Briman says the decision wasn’t easy, but the sale that followed was — all thanks to Wilkerson. Briman had decided a year prior to the summer 2020 sale that he wanted to retire. With a pandemic in full force, he had plenty of questions and concerns. “We had no real way to know if we were going to be successful or have a failure on our hands,” says Briman. “We didn’t know what to expect.” But with Wilkerson in charge, the experience was “fantastic” and now there’s plenty of time for relaxing and enjoying a more secure retirement. “I would recommend Wilkerson to any retailer considering a going-out-of-business sale,” says Briman. “They’ll help you reach your financial goal. Our experience was a tremendous success.”

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