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Don’t be intimidated. this issue is sweet …

LAST MONTH, 232 pages. This month, 224. By a good margin, the two biggest editions in our history. But instead of a stretched-out, fattened version of one of our typical issues ? — no, never! ?– we’ve got some of our coolest features of the year. Highlights: 

It’s our annual Las Vegas shopping issue ? and this time around, trend watcher/forecaster Paul Holewa consults industry experts, top retailers (and possibly even a few astrologists) to give you the definitive take on what will be hot this holiday season. 

Not one but two terrific supplements (both requiring lo-o-o-ng journeys) ? an enlightening visit to the jewelry manufacturers of Mumbai, India, by senior editor Ralf Kircher and then Josh Wimmer’s magical mystery-shopping tour around America in InDiamonds. Both are must-reads! 

More of the ups and downs of Mark and Monika Clodius as they competely overhaul their Rockford, IL, store in ?Re-Thinking the Store.? If you’re thinking of renovating your store, have ever renovated your store, or just need confirmation of your vow to never, ever, renovate your store, it’s a fascinating series. We’re waiting for HBO to contact us about the cable-TV rights.  

Speaking of redone stores, we’ve got a super-cool one in this month’s ?Cool Stores? ? Holly Wesche Conn’s Wesche Jewelers in Viera, FL. Holly’s been talking about the project of creating her new stand-alone store for the last couple years, and now we all can see why she was so excited. Wow!

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There’s a lot more great stuff, but I’m out of space. So, block out a little time, sit back and enjoy this monster!

Wishing you the very best business …

David Squires  
Executive Editor and Associate Publisher  
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