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Podcast Highlight: Jeweler Would Love to Have Dinner with This Industry Titan

He’d choose this person above any other.




THE INSTORE PODCAST NETWORK is introducing a new podcast — The Barb Wire, created by host Barbara Palumbo, well-known jewelry industry blogger (,, writer and speaker.

The mission of The Barb Wire is providing listeners with real conversations with key personalities in the jewelry industry. Aiming to avoid the arid nature of many instruction-oriented business podcasts and webinars, The Barb Wire instead offers engaging personal discussions with influential players shaping the future of jewelry retail.

In this short clip from the debut episode of “The Barb Wire,” John Carter of Jack Lewis Jewelers Barbara Palumbo answers a thought-provoking question: “If you could have dinner with anyone in the industry, alive or dead, who would it be?”

Or catch the full podcast below.





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Barbara Palumbo is a watch and jewelry industry writer, journalist and speaker. She manages the blogging websites and



Wilkerson Testimonials | Sollberger’s

Going Out of Business Is an Emotional Journey. Wilkerson Is There to Make It Easier.

Jaki Cowan, the owner of Sollberger’s in Ridgeland, MS, decided the time was right to close up shop. The experience, she says, was like going into the great unknown. There were so many questions about the way to handle the store’s going-out-of-business sale. Luckily for Cowan, Wilkerson made the transition easier and managed everything, from marketing to markdowns.

“They think of everything that you don’t have the time to think of,” she says of the Wilkerson team that was assigned to manage the sale. And it was a total success, with financial goals met by Christmas with another sale month left to go.

Wilkerson even had a plan to manage things while Covid-19 restrictions were still in place. This included limiting the number of shoppers, masking and taking temperatures upon entrance. “We did everything we could to make the staff and public feel as safe as possible.”

Does she recommend Wilkerson to other retailers thinking of retiring, liquidating or selling excess merchandise? Absolutely. “If you are considering going out of business, it’s obviously an emotional journey. But truly rest assured that you’re in good hands with Wilkerson.”

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