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PUBLISHER’S NOTE

Chill Out with America ’s Coolest

Pour yourself an iced tea, settle into an easy chair and hang with our winners.

BY DAN KISCH
Published in the August 2013 issue

Welcome to the 12th annual Cool Stores issue of INSTORE. Like many of you, I rank this as my favorite issue of the year. Getting to know not only the beauty of a store but the heart and soul of a retail operation is what makes it so special. And this year, we have some remarkable new winners.

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Learning about the people who run the stores is the best part. This year our No. 1 Big Cool store owner is a former professional ice skater (who has broken a number of bones pursuing her other hobbies that include heli-skiing and mountain biking). Her toughness was a key factor in making the dream of her store build-out come true.

She has a lot in common with our No. 1 Small Cool store owner who still loves to skateboard, snowboard and waterski. Her philosophy, embodied by the statement “if you love something, don’t quit” is one that we should all strive to follow.

Geographically the stores cover the country, from Brooklyn, NY, to Bend, OR, and from Minneapolis, MN, to Savannah, GA. We actually have two winners from Oregon this year. Coupled with last year’s winner, Green Lake Jewelry Works from Seattle, WA, it’s clear the Pacific Northwest is keeping its cool streak alive.

But even though it’s the middle of the summer, the coolest area of the country is the south with Arkansas, Virginia, Georgia and North Carolina all graciously represented.

The average age of the companies in the list is 39 years. There is one surprisingly new store — Mora, which opened its doors in 2012. And then there is Levy Jewelers — a fourthgeneration, 113-year-old family business with a brand-new flagship store complete with roof garden. You’re never too young or too old to be a winner.

So settle down in that easy chair in your customer lounge and pour a large iced tea. You’ll want to get comfortable and spend an hour or two reading this one through (and taking careful notes). Who knows, next year might be your year to join the anointed Cool!

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Dan Kisch
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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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Publisher’s Note: Chill Out with America ’s Coolest

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Publisher’s Note: Chill Out with America ’s Coolest

PUBLISHER’S NOTE

Chill Out with America ’s Coolest

Pour yourself an iced tea, settle into an easy chair and hang with our winners.

BY DAN KISCH
Published in the August 2013 issue

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Welcome to the 12th annual Cool Stores issue of INSTORE. Like many of you, I rank this as my favorite issue of the year. Getting to know not only the beauty of a store but the heart and soul of a retail operation is what makes it so special. And this year, we have some remarkable new winners.

Learning about the people who run the stores is the best part. This year our No. 1 Big Cool store owner is a former professional ice skater (who has broken a number of bones pursuing her other hobbies that include heli-skiing and mountain biking). Her toughness was a key factor in making the dream of her store build-out come true.

She has a lot in common with our No. 1 Small Cool store owner who still loves to skateboard, snowboard and waterski. Her philosophy, embodied by the statement “if you love something, don’t quit” is one that we should all strive to follow.

Geographically the stores cover the country, from Brooklyn, NY, to Bend, OR, and from Minneapolis, MN, to Savannah, GA. We actually have two winners from Oregon this year. Coupled with last year’s winner, Green Lake Jewelry Works from Seattle, WA, it’s clear the Pacific Northwest is keeping its cool streak alive.

But even though it’s the middle of the summer, the coolest area of the country is the south with Arkansas, Virginia, Georgia and North Carolina all graciously represented.

The average age of the companies in the list is 39 years. There is one surprisingly new store — Mora, which opened its doors in 2012. And then there is Levy Jewelers — a fourthgeneration, 113-year-old family business with a brand-new flagship store complete with roof garden. You’re never too young or too old to be a winner.

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So settle down in that easy chair in your customer lounge and pour a large iced tea. You’ll want to get comfortable and spend an hour or two reading this one through (and taking careful notes). Who knows, next year might be your year to join the anointed Cool!


Dan Kisch
[email protected]

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SPONSORED VIDEO

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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