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It’s been a year since Mark and Monika Clodius gave the green light to a project that would double the size of their Rockford, IL, store, Clodius & Co. It’s been a long year, and the construction that was to be wrapped up for a September grand opening is not over yet. Compounding the frustrations that accompany any project of this sort, the Clodiuses have struggled through numerous personal crises. Both are now resigned to the fact that the expansion will finish when it’s finished, and that they’ll be stronger individuals for having weathered the process. 

Rethinking the Store: Clodius & Co.: Month 11: Resignation

BUTTERFLY EFFECT: An architect draws a floor plan not to scale. A contractor, seeing an architect’s drawing, has no reason to question it. A carpet salesman, asking a contractor for a floor plan, logically wouldn’t bother to take measurements. And a carpet layer informs Mark and Monika they’re 100 square feet short. It was one of these amazing chain of events, Mark says. More amazing is that in the time between ordering the carpet, the manufacturer retooled its equipment and no longer makes the same size or color. The temporary fix A sort of two-tone patch installed while the manufacturer produces a custom lot to finish the job. It looks a little like cool jewelry store meets hotel lobby, Monika says, adding that she hasn’t cried more than at any other time during the project than she did that week. 

Rethinking the Store: Clodius & Co.: Month 11: Resignation

OUT OF SEASON: Did you know glass companies have a busy season Neither did Mark and Monika. Apparently a lot of building sites want to button up their projects for the winter months, and the added orders cause a backlog at glass suppliers. The crux at Clodius & Co.: We have this beautiful island, Monika says, with no glass or jewelry in it.

Rethinking the Store: Clodius & Co.: Month 11: Resignation

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PROGRESS: While the cabinetmaker won’t be installing their custom work until January, there has been notable progress on the construction front. The trailer that housed temporary offices is gone, and staff members are in the process of moving into new office space. The construction crews have begun packing their tools. The new metal halide lighting is magnificent, according to Mark. And the new paint scheme looks good on the walls, according to Monika. So we’re getting that wow’ factor we were looking for, Mark says. 

Rethinking the Store: Clodius & Co.: Month 11: Resignation

 FAMILY FRONT: Throughout the project, the Clodiuses have been beset by personal crises. The latest occurred just days before Thanksgiving, when Monika’s father, the store bookkeeper, received word that a donor was available for a kidney transplant he’d awaited for three years. The surgery a success, it helped put the store’s construction delays into perspective. Life’s too precious to fret much about it, she says. 

Rethinking the Store: Clodius & Co.: Month 11: Resignation

 REFLECTIONS: Who would have anticipated all this would have happened Monika says. This was supposed to be easy and smooth-going. You never know what life brings you. Now, we’re just waiting to find a new normal.

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When Tom Moses decided to close one of the two Moses Jewelers stores in western Pennsylvania, it was time to call in the experts. After reviewing two candidates, Moses, a co-owner of the 72 year-old business, decided to go with Wilkerson. The sale went better than expected. Concerned about running it during the pandemic, Moses says it might have helped the sale. “People wanted to get out, so there was pent-up demand,” he says. “Folks were not traveling so there was disposable income, and we don’t recall a single client commenting to us, feeling uncomfortable. It was busy in here!” And perhaps most importantly, Wilkerson was easy to deal with, he says, and Susan, their personal Wilkerson consultant, was knowledgeable, organized and “really good.” Now, the company can focus on their remaining location — without the hassle of carrying over merchandise that either wouldn’t fit or hadn’t sold. “The decision to hire Wilkerson was a good one,” says Moses.

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It’s been a year since Mark and Monika Clodius gave the green light to a project that would double the size of their Rockford, IL, store, Clodius & Co. It’s been a long year, and the construction that was to be wrapped up for a September grand opening is not over yet. Compounding the frustrations that accompany any project of this sort, the Clodiuses have struggled through numerous personal crises. Both are now resigned to the fact that the expansion will finish when it’s finished, and that they’ll be stronger individuals for having weathered the process. 

Rethinking the Store: Clodius & Co.: Month 11: Resignation

BUTTERFLY EFFECT: An architect draws a floor plan not to scale. A contractor, seeing an architect’s drawing, has no reason to question it. A carpet salesman, asking a contractor for a floor plan, logically wouldn’t bother to take measurements. And a carpet layer informs Mark and Monika they’re 100 square feet short. It was one of these amazing chain of events, Mark says. More amazing is that in the time between ordering the carpet, the manufacturer retooled its equipment and no longer makes the same size or color. The temporary fix A sort of two-tone patch installed while the manufacturer produces a custom lot to finish the job. It looks a little like cool jewelry store meets hotel lobby, Monika says, adding that she hasn’t cried more than at any other time during the project than she did that week. 

Rethinking the Store: Clodius & Co.: Month 11: Resignation

OUT OF SEASON: Did you know glass companies have a busy season Neither did Mark and Monika. Apparently a lot of building sites want to button up their projects for the winter months, and the added orders cause a backlog at glass suppliers. The crux at Clodius & Co.: We have this beautiful island, Monika says, with no glass or jewelry in it.

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Rethinking the Store: Clodius & Co.: Month 11: Resignation

PROGRESS: While the cabinetmaker won’t be installing their custom work until January, there has been notable progress on the construction front. The trailer that housed temporary offices is gone, and staff members are in the process of moving into new office space. The construction crews have begun packing their tools. The new metal halide lighting is magnificent, according to Mark. And the new paint scheme looks good on the walls, according to Monika. So we’re getting that wow’ factor we were looking for, Mark says. 

Rethinking the Store: Clodius & Co.: Month 11: Resignation

 FAMILY FRONT: Throughout the project, the Clodiuses have been beset by personal crises. The latest occurred just days before Thanksgiving, when Monika’s father, the store bookkeeper, received word that a donor was available for a kidney transplant he’d awaited for three years. The surgery a success, it helped put the store’s construction delays into perspective. Life’s too precious to fret much about it, she says. 

Rethinking the Store: Clodius & Co.: Month 11: Resignation

 REFLECTIONS: Who would have anticipated all this would have happened Monika says. This was supposed to be easy and smooth-going. You never know what life brings you. Now, we’re just waiting to find a new normal.

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If It’s Time to Consolidate, It’s Time to Call Wilkerson

When Tom Moses decided to close one of the two Moses Jewelers stores in western Pennsylvania, it was time to call in the experts. After reviewing two candidates, Moses, a co-owner of the 72 year-old business, decided to go with Wilkerson. The sale went better than expected. Concerned about running it during the pandemic, Moses says it might have helped the sale. “People wanted to get out, so there was pent-up demand,” he says. “Folks were not traveling so there was disposable income, and we don’t recall a single client commenting to us, feeling uncomfortable. It was busy in here!” And perhaps most importantly, Wilkerson was easy to deal with, he says, and Susan, their personal Wilkerson consultant, was knowledgeable, organized and “really good.” Now, the company can focus on their remaining location — without the hassle of carrying over merchandise that either wouldn’t fit or hadn’t sold. “The decision to hire Wilkerson was a good one,” says Moses.

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