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Last Laugh: Alex Weil



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Alex Weil, 56, of Martin’ s Jewelry, learned much of what he knows about gemology from mentors, including his father, Martin, who has been a jeweler for 68 years. After 32 years in an upscale Southern California strip shopping center, in 1995, the Weils closed that location and moved to another strip center in the nearby city of Manhattan Beach. Although just seven miles away, the move made a world of difference because they expanded their customer base, and business increased dramatically. At that point they gave up watches and turned their focus entirely to jewelry. “We continue to feature fine jewelry and custom work, along with services.” Martin semi-retired in January 2007 at age 84 and continues to have input in the family business he founded.

[span class=note]This story is from the March 2010 edition of INSTORE[/span]




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Wilkerson Helped This Jeweler to Navigate His Retirement Sale Despite a Pandemic

Hosting a going-out-of-business sale when the coronavirus pandemic hit wasn’t a part of Bob Smith’s game plan for his retirement. Smith, the owner of E.M. Smith Jewelers in Chillicothe, Ohio, says the governor closed the state mid-way through. But Smith chose Wilkerson, and Wilkerson handled it like a champ, says Smith. And when it was time for the state to reopen, the sale continued like nothing had ever happened. “I’d recommend Wilkerson,” he says. “They do business the way we do business.”

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