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How jewelers keep their cool in a crazy world.

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Jay Klos
GROGAN JEWELERS, FLORENCE, AL

Jay Klos, who grew up sweeping floors in his father’s jewelry store, bought Grogan Jewelers in 1985, while he was traveling the Southeast as a jewelry rep. Since then, Klos has been president of the regional Chamber of Commerce, was named Alabama Retailer of the Year in the $2-$5 million category, started Diamond Relations, a CRM company for jewelers in 2009, and won America’s Coolest Stores contest (Big Cool division) in 2014.

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