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Last Laugh: Harvey Rovinsky

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IT WAS THE DAY OF THE BIG SALE. Rumors of the sale and an advertisement in the local paper were the main reasons for the long line that formed in front of the store by 8:30, the store’s opening time. A small man pushed his way to the front of the line, only to be pushed back amid loud and colorful curses. On the man’s second attempt, he was punched square in the jaw and knocked around a bit, then thrown to the end of the line again. As he got up the second time, he said to the person at the end of the line: “That does it! If they hit me one more time, I don’t open the store!”

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Harvey Rovinsky is a third-generation jeweler who spearheaded the transition of Bernie Robbins from a small major appliance venture to the region’s largest independently owned luxury jeweler. Harvey and his wife, Maddy, travel the world to discover and debut exclusive diamonds, jewelry and watches. With eight locations in Pennsylvania (Radnor and Newtown) and New Jersey (Somers Point, Marlton and Atlantic City), Bernie Robbins Fine Jewelers attracts designers to its stores for personal appearances, trunk shows, co-hosted dinners and fashion shows.

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[span class=note]This story is from the May 2011 edition of INSTORE[/span]

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