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Ruminations on December and More of Your Letters to the Editor

Plus our reader thoughts on our ‘Take Off That Hat!’ lead story.




On “Take Off That Hat!”

  • Wearing many hats is just a part of the job description for a small business owner. I’m a salesman, bookkeeper, janitor, errand boy and repairman all rolled in to one. — Marc Majors, Sam L. Majors, Midland, TX
  • Managing a business requires wearing lots of hats. They will not all fit the same; some will be more comfortable than others. Don’t wear your favorite hat every day. — Robert Borneman, Diamond Jewelers, Centereach, NY
  • Changing hats is the norm for my place of business, being there’s only two of us! Very hard to get help when the government is paying people to stay home. — Laurie Cusher, Hyde Park Jeweler, Hyde Park, NY
  • Don’t Hate; Delegate
  • Business owners tend to think that no one else can do what they do or as well as they do it. This is a mistake, give others a try and let them take on more responsibility. You will be glad you did. — Joseph Villarreal, Villarreal Fine Jewelers, Austin, TX

Suck Like It’s 1999

  • I haven’t worked as hard as I had to this year in many years. The joke was we did Christmas like 1999 (same sales volume). Back then, it was a good year. This year, it sucked. — Amanda Lanteigne, Gold-N-Memories, Steinbach, MB

Stay Strong

  • Never give up, never surrender! You are in control of your attitude on a daily basis. How you perceive the day is how you will see the outcome. — Stephen Kolokithas, Jewelry Set In Stone, Chelsea, MI

Looking For Help

  • I love being my own boss. Having said that, I realize that if I want to reach the promised land, I must hire specific people to help me get there. — Rick Nichols, Nassau Jewelry, Fernandina Beach, FL

Happy to Be Here

  • We see that with jewelry sales in December, there were the haves and have-nots. Some jewelers had record sales while others had very little. We were somewhere in the middle of that. We continue to count our blessings. And we send everyone best wishes for the new year. — Alex Weil, Martin’s Jewelry, Torrance, CA



When the Kids Have Their Own Careers, Wilkerson Can Help You to Retire

Alex and Gladys Rysman are the third generation to run Romm Jewelers in Brockton, Mass. And after many decades of service to the industry and their community, it was time to close the store and take advantage of some downtime. With three grown children who each had their own careers outside of the industry, they decided to call Wilkerson. Then, the Rysmans did what every jeweler should do: They called other retailers and asked about their own Wilkerson experience. “They all told us what a great experience it was and that’s what made us go with Wilkerson.” says Gladys Rysman. The results? Alex Rysman says he was impressed. “We exceeded whatever I expected to do by a large margin.”

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