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It’s here: the seventh edition of our annual hunt for America’s most innovative jewelry stores — INSTORE’s America’s Coolest Stores. And this year’s contest comes to you with one very major difference: 
 
For the first time ever, we have two completely different competition categories — Big Cool and Small Cool. Each store’s category was determined by its number of full-time employees — 11 or more, Big Cool; 10 or fewer, Small Cool. Each category had its own pool of entrants, its own panel of judges, and ultimately, its own grand-prize winner. Congratulations to America’s two coolest stores — Big Cool winner Lee Read Jewelers of Meridian, ID, and Small Cool winner, Zachary’s Jewelers of Annapolis, MD.  
 
Why the change? Because, as the America’s Coolest Stores contest has gained notoriety, we’ve heard from more and more jewelers how the winning selection of stores didn’t always feel like they were, to use a little emotional shorthand, “one of us.” 
 
We hope that the new divisions bring a different feel to the selection of winners and that, no matter how large your store and how generous your start-up budget, you’ll feel a connection to at least some honorees in this issue. As for the others, as always, you can drool along with the rest of us. 
 
Finally, I want to extend a special thumbs-up to the 117 stores that entered, the judges who donated their time, as well as the INSTORE staff (who have put in tons of overtime on this issue). We’re eager to hear your reactions. Let us know what you think of the winners, the new rules, the whole shebang.  
 
Wishing you the very best business… 
David Squires 
dsquires@instoremag.com 
 

 

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Two divisions debut in America’s Coolest Stores

 

It’s here: the seventh edition of our annual hunt for America’s most innovative jewelry stores — INSTORE’s America’s Coolest Stores. And this year’s contest comes to you with one very major difference: 
 
For the first time ever, we have two completely different competition categories — Big Cool and Small Cool. Each store’s category was determined by its number of full-time employees — 11 or more, Big Cool; 10 or fewer, Small Cool. Each category had its own pool of entrants, its own panel of judges, and ultimately, its own grand-prize winner. Congratulations to America’s two coolest stores — Big Cool winner Lee Read Jewelers of Meridian, ID, and Small Cool winner, Zachary’s Jewelers of Annapolis, MD.  
 
Why the change? Because, as the America’s Coolest Stores contest has gained notoriety, we’ve heard from more and more jewelers how the winning selection of stores didn’t always feel like they were, to use a little emotional shorthand, “one of us.” 
 
We hope that the new divisions bring a different feel to the selection of winners and that, no matter how large your store and how generous your start-up budget, you’ll feel a connection to at least some honorees in this issue. As for the others, as always, you can drool along with the rest of us. 
 
Finally, I want to extend a special thumbs-up to the 117 stores that entered, the judges who donated their time, as well as the INSTORE staff (who have put in tons of overtime on this issue). We’re eager to hear your reactions. Let us know what you think of the winners, the new rules, the whole shebang.  
 
Wishing you the very best business… 
David Squires 
dsquires@instoremag.com 
 

 

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When the Kids Have Their Own Careers, Wilkerson Can Help You to Retire

Alex and Gladys Rysman are the third generation to run Romm Jewelers in Brockton, Mass. And after many decades of service to the industry and their community, it was time to close the store and take advantage of some downtime. With three grown children who each had their own careers outside of the industry, they decided to call Wilkerson. Then, the Rysmans did what every jeweler should do: They called other retailers and asked about their own Wilkerson experience. “They all told us what a great experience it was and that’s what made us go with Wilkerson.” says Gladys Rysman. The results? Alex Rysman says he was impressed. “We exceeded whatever I expected to do by a large margin.”

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