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This Jeweler Sent a Vendor a Gift from a Real “Nutcracker”

As a perfectionist, she knew the vendor would recognize the giver.




This Jeweler Sent a Vendor a Gift from a Real “Nutcracker”

I use a local vendor to do my manufacturing. They will tell you, I’m a perfectionist. This vendor now understands if I send something back, a simple repolish is not going to meet my standards. They work hard for my customers. In appreciation, I often buy their staff lunch, and at Christmas, I usually present the owners with a liquid gift. Last year, it was a fabulous bottle of red wine. In my haste to get out of the city, I packed the wine in bags from the case in my trunk, and I tipped the doorman to please deliver the bottles to their suite. Later that afternoon, I got a phone call asking if these bottles were from me? “Of course! Couldn’t you tell by the incriminating evidence?” Laughing, they replied, “But you didn’t sign your name.” I replied, “Who else would send you wine in a ‘nutcracker’ bag!” — Denise Oros, Linnea Jewelers, La Grange, IL

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It’s Going to Set Us Up Very Nicely for Retirement

You’ve worked hard all your life. And if you’re like most jewelers contemplating retirement, you’re hoping that your going-out-of-business sale will add to your nest egg — with minimal complications. That’s exactly what Doug and Jacki Friedrich, fourth-generation owners of Friedrich Jewelers Inc., of Vernon, Conn., experienced when they selected Wilkerson to run their sale. “Jewelers who are contemplating a sale should go with Wilkerson because of their experience,” says Doug. And with financial goals “exceeding expectations,” the couple can now focus on enjoying the next chapter of their lives. “It’s going to set us up very nicely for retirement,” says Jacki. “The money’s coming in and we have no complaints. It’s been wonderful.”

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