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Social Sadness

I am continually shocked at the level of vitriol expressed on social media. I can’t imagine people would verbalize what is so freely posted. When these types of postings appear on my timelines, I “hide” them. Sometimes any response seems to just fuel the fire. — Laura Sipe, J.C. Sipe, Indianapolis, IN

Accentuate the Positive

Can someone please, please, please stop harping on the negative and instead write a piece on what some stores are doing right?

At every show, designers like me are asked repeatedly, “What’s new?” “What’s different?” “Let’s focus on the newness …” I’m so frustrated by it. I want to respond with, “Wait — What’s new with you? What are you doing differently this year? What are your new marketing/promotional initiatives?” Stores are so quick to blame designers for not doing enough to support them, the internet for taking their market share, millennials for choosing to spend their money on life experience rather than things, etc. It’s exhausting.

I’m quite sure that plenty of examples exist of stores that are putting on their creative hats and changing with the times instead of choosing to moan about the death of retail all the time. Can we highlight some of the stores that “get it?” — Suzy Landa, designer, New York, NY

Where Are the Role Models?

We should ask the question: why is the love for jewelry on the decline in modern society? I would love to hear opinions. I believe one reason is the lack of celebrity jewelry-role-models like Liz Taylor or the Duchess of Windsor. The tattoos that the celebs like to show off don’t sell jewelry, unfortunately. — Klaus Kutter, A Jour Inc., Bristol, RI

Compliment Complaint

I am tired of telling you that INSTORE is my favorite mag. — Cliff Yankovich, Chimera Design, Lowell, MI

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This article originally appeared in the April 2017 edition of INSTORE.

 

 

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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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Shocked By Social Media and More of Your Letters for April

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Social Sadness

I am continually shocked at the level of vitriol expressed on social media. I can’t imagine people would verbalize what is so freely posted. When these types of postings appear on my timelines, I “hide” them. Sometimes any response seems to just fuel the fire. — Laura Sipe, J.C. Sipe, Indianapolis, IN

Accentuate the Positive

Can someone please, please, please stop harping on the negative and instead write a piece on what some stores are doing right?

At every show, designers like me are asked repeatedly, “What’s new?” “What’s different?” “Let’s focus on the newness …” I’m so frustrated by it. I want to respond with, “Wait — What’s new with you? What are you doing differently this year? What are your new marketing/promotional initiatives?” Stores are so quick to blame designers for not doing enough to support them, the internet for taking their market share, millennials for choosing to spend their money on life experience rather than things, etc. It’s exhausting.

I’m quite sure that plenty of examples exist of stores that are putting on their creative hats and changing with the times instead of choosing to moan about the death of retail all the time. Can we highlight some of the stores that “get it?” — Suzy Landa, designer, New York, NY

Where Are the Role Models?

We should ask the question: why is the love for jewelry on the decline in modern society? I would love to hear opinions. I believe one reason is the lack of celebrity jewelry-role-models like Liz Taylor or the Duchess of Windsor. The tattoos that the celebs like to show off don’t sell jewelry, unfortunately. — Klaus Kutter, A Jour Inc., Bristol, RI

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Compliment Complaint

I am tired of telling you that INSTORE is my favorite mag. — Cliff Yankovich, Chimera Design, Lowell, MI


 

This article originally appeared in the April 2017 edition of INSTORE.

 

 

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SPONSORED VIDEO

Wilkerson Testimonials

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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