Connect with us

JimmyCast

Podcast: New Jewelry Store Owner Wilson Lin on Why He’s Opening This Year, of All Years

mm

Published

on

JIMMYCAST EPISODE 17: WILSON LIN (44:43 MINUTES)

Subscribe to this podcast on Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Play | Stitcher | RSS

 

THIS MONTH, JimmyCast brings you a story of optimism — of a business person who loved metals and gemstones so much he felt he needed to open his own jewelry business this year, even in the face of a historic health crisis.

In the episode, host Jimmy DeGroot and co-host Doug Meadows of David Douglas Diamonds in Marietta, GA chat with Wilson Lin, a 33-year-old whose family immigrated from China to Nebraska when he was in his teens.

After graduating school, Wilson, a non-smoker and non-drinker, decided he had little interest in the family business of liquor and spirits. Instead, he found his passion in working with metals and gemstones.

With no history in the jewelry business, getting his foot in the door was difficult for Wilson. He applied and was rejected 13 times for jewelry store positions, before finally getting a job as a bench jeweler’s apprentice at the 14th location — A.T. Thomas in Lincoln, NE. He later worked as a manager at a Zale’s location.

Now, however, Wilson taking the biggest step of all — launching his own business, with an opening target of September 1.

He talks with Jimmy and Doug about how and why he decided to launch right now, his intended product and service range, as well as other details on how he financed his business and selected a location.

Plus, Wilson also discusses the Facebook group he formed for jewelers in a similar position to his, called “First Generation Jewelers”, which now has close to 900 members. (Sign up for the group here.)

Want to receive all of our INSTORE Podcasts on your mobile device? Sign up on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify and Stitcher or your favorite podcast player using our RSS feed link.

Advertisement

Over the years, INSTORE has won 80 international journalism awards for its publication and website. Contact INSTORE's editors at [email protected].

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.

Promoted Headlines

Most Popular