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More Than Half of Our Brain Squad Is Open on Mondays

Yes: 41%

  • We started closing on Mondays when my dad (the owner at the time) got sick and couldn’t work. Some Mondays, I will come in and do paperwork to stay on top of things for the business. I do enjoy having a nice break from the business to spend time on me and the family. Tuesday is now our busiest day of the week. — Jae Lenew, SS Diamonds, New Martinsville, WV
  • Quality of life for the staff. We are closed Sunday and Monday, and that allows for the entire staff to have a two-day weekend every week. — Jessica Rossomme, Mucklow’s Fine Jewelry, Peachtree City, GA
  • It is my one day off … the day I do my banking, shopping, any appointments. — James Doggett, Doggett Jewelry, Kingston, NH
  • I started closing about 12 years ago because I needed a day to get bench work done. It just kind of became a policy. — Rick Sanders, Sanders Jewelers, Gainesville, FL
  • We are a small mom-and-pop, just my wife and I as employees, and we need at least one day a week to live normal lives. Plus, most stores in the downtown area where we are located close on Mondays as well, and traffic is dismal on that day. — Joe Caron, Caron’s Jewelry, Bristol, RI
  • We have two stores. The Hershey store is closed on Monday, and the Myerstown store is open. The Myerstown store has been around a long time and people are accustomed to us being open on Monday. When the Hershey store opened (about two years ago), we did not open on Mondays until we had a firm grasp on the need. Our philosophy is that I could always add the day, but taking it away would be difficult. — Allison Leitzel-Williams, Leitzel’s Jewelry, Myerstown, PA
  • We are a small store and need days off. We have reviewed the numbers after trying to open on Mondays, and it saves us money to be closed. — Theresa Peregoy, Classic Facets, Edgewater, CO

No: 59%

  • I open on Mondays because a lot of other shops in my town are closed. I’ve gotten a lot of sales (and repeat customers) for that very reason. — Susan Kauffman, Black Dog Jewelers, Lewisburg, PA
  • Monday is usually a good day for business. — Bob Richards, Bob Richards Jewelers, Germantown, TN
  • We are open seven days and four nights a week. We don’t set our hours, our customers set our hours. — Chuck Kuba, Iowa Diamond, Des Moines, IA
  • Open to better serve our clients and fixed expenses don’t stop. — James Gattas, James Gattas Jewelers, Memphis, TN
  • We do a lot of repair business on Mondays. We also went from a mall store to a street store and are now closed on Sundays, which in itself is such a treat! — Anne Marie Marker, Rolland’s Jewelers, Libertyville, IL
  • Because I close my store on Tuesdays! The restaurant next door did an extensive study one year and determined that Tuesday was their slowest day of the year, so they started closing on Tuesdays. I figured Tuesday was as good a day as any, especially since I had spent about four years working seven days a week! Now, 22 or so years later, I’m still only closed on Tuesdays. — Janne Etz, Contemporary Concepts, Cocoa, FL

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