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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

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Retirement Made Easy with Wilkerson

The store was a landmark in Topeka, Kansas, but after 80 years in business, it was time for Briman’s Leading Jewelers to close up shop. Third generation jeweler and owner Rob Briman says the decision wasn’t easy, but the sale that followed was — all thanks to Wilkerson. Briman had decided a year prior to the summer 2020 sale that he wanted to retire. With a pandemic in full force, he had plenty of questions and concerns. “We had no real way to know if we were going to be successful or have a failure on our hands,” says Briman. “We didn’t know what to expect.” But with Wilkerson in charge, the experience was “fantastic” and now there’s plenty of time for relaxing and enjoying a more secure retirement. “I would recommend Wilkerson to any retailer considering a going-out-of-business sale,” says Briman. “They’ll help you reach your financial goal. Our experience was a tremendous success.”

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