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Podcast: Against the Odds, a High School Student Fights to Keep the Family Jewelry Store Alive

His father died of cancer. He had no choice but to step up and take on the responsibility.




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“WHO DOESN’T LOVE a good underdog story?” asks Kyle Bullock at the start of the latest episode of Over the Counter.

We absolutely agree. That’s why we think you’ll love this particular underdog tale — of a 17-year-old high-school student who had to step up and run his family’s struggling jewelry store after his father died of cancer.

Learn the identity of this very special jeweler, and hear his story, in this month’s podcast.

Also, don’t miss the bonus episode in which Kyle talks with Andrea Hill of Hill Management, a jewelry industry management consultant, about what jewelers most need to do (and how they need to think) when facing the toughest of times.

Kyle Bullock is a fourth-generation jeweler who manages Bullock's Jewelry in Roswell, NM. He is also a best selling author, speaker and performer, and small business coach. To contact him, email him at [email protected].



When Sales Beat Projections, You Know Wilkerson Did Its Job

There are no crystal balls when it comes to sales projections. But when Thomasville, Georgia jeweler Fran Lewis chose Wilkerson to run the retirement/going-out-of-business sale for Lewis Jewelers and More, she was pleasantly surprised to learn that even Wilkerson could one-up its own sales numbers. “Not only did we meet our goal, but we exceeded the goal that Wilkerson had given us by about 134%,” she says. After more than 40 years in the business, Lewis says she decided a few years ago to “move towards retirement.” And she was impressed by Wilkerson’s tenure in the industry. Overall, she’d recommend the company to anyone else who may be thinking it’s time to hang up their loupe. “As a full package, they’ve done a very good job and I’d definitely recommend Wilkerson.”

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