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Introducing ‘the little feature that could’

IT’S ALWAYS A PROUD MOMENT for us when one of the many small features we publish each month inINSTORE blows up and gets its moment in the sun. 

This month, it’s “True Tales'” turn. It’s a little column we launched in July 2003, which has quickly become a favorite of readers – at least judging by the letters we receive and the amount of submissions we get each month from jewelers with stories to tell. Over time, the number of the submissions built up – as did the length of the stories we were receiving. And since, this was what we call a “mini-department”, there were often stories that were too long – and in some cases, way way too long – to publish.  

Eventually, it became apparent that the only way those stories were ever going to see the light of day was for us to do an expanded “True Tales” lead. The more we thought about it, the better the idea seemed. 

A lead that’s pure story – what a concept! 

Anyway, we hope you enjoy this special feature. It’s a great chance to laugh a little at our customers, laugh a little more at ourselves, and laugh the most at this strange and wonderful business we all find ourselves working in.  

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And heck, you might even end up learning a little. At the very least, you’ll learn that whenever you think it’s impossible to be surprised, you will be.  

By the way, now that we’ve cleared away some of our backlog of “True Tales”, you’re invited to send your own submissions to our editors at Click here.  

We’ll await the weirdness! 

Wishing you the very best business …

Dvid Squires 
Executive Editor and Associate Publisher 
(Click here

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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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It’s All True

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Introducing ‘the little feature that could’

IT’S ALWAYS A PROUD MOMENT for us when one of the many small features we publish each month inINSTORE blows up and gets its moment in the sun. 

This month, it’s “True Tales'” turn. It’s a little column we launched in July 2003, which has quickly become a favorite of readers – at least judging by the letters we receive and the amount of submissions we get each month from jewelers with stories to tell. Over time, the number of the submissions built up – as did the length of the stories we were receiving. And since, this was what we call a “mini-department”, there were often stories that were too long – and in some cases, way way too long – to publish.  

Eventually, it became apparent that the only way those stories were ever going to see the light of day was for us to do an expanded “True Tales” lead. The more we thought about it, the better the idea seemed. 

A lead that’s pure story – what a concept! 

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Anyway, we hope you enjoy this special feature. It’s a great chance to laugh a little at our customers, laugh a little more at ourselves, and laugh the most at this strange and wonderful business we all find ourselves working in.  

And heck, you might even end up learning a little. At the very least, you’ll learn that whenever you think it’s impossible to be surprised, you will be.  

By the way, now that we’ve cleared away some of our backlog of “True Tales”, you’re invited to send your own submissions to our editors at Click here.  

We’ll await the weirdness! 

Wishing you the very best business …

Dvid Squires 
Executive Editor and Associate Publisher 
(Click here

Advertisement

Advertisement

SPONSORED VIDEO

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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