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What makes a store ?cool??

That’s the question we’re trying to answer, with the help of a panel of expert judges, in this year’s premier edition of ?America’s Coolest Stores?. 

Some stores have cool owners. Some stores have cool stories. Some stores have cool products. And some stores are just amazing places to be. We think you’ll see stores of all types in this special feature. And we hope you enjoy them. It would be great if our winners provide a launching point for great things to do in your own store.  

And remember that next year, we’ll be doing an all-new ?America’s Coolest Stores? awards issue. All-new means no repeat winners, which means a bunch of different stores will have their chance in the spotlight. (And don’t forget, we’ll also be continuing our popular monthly series, ?Cool Stores?.) So if you own a cool store, know one, or even happened to pass one that looked cool from your car at 80 miles per hour, just let us know and we’ll do the rest.  

Speaking of cool, we’re introducing the usual array of cool new stuff in the current issue: including columns from sales gurus Shane Decker and Dave Richardson, as well as a new column on branding your business from Bob Olmstead. We’ve also started a new section in which we’ll review a new business book each month that we think will make a difference in the way your run your store. (Have any books that have changed the way you run your store? Tell us at Click here.) 

Plus, we’ve got additional new features and columns starting next month ? including an expanded ?economic barometer? section as well as an expanded how-to section giving you an overview of the issues jewelers want to know about most ? for instance, offering a private-label credit card in your store.  

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We’ve also got some timely ?one-off? features for next month’s ?Holiday Buying? issue, including an expanded look at the hottest holiday jewelry styles at a wide range of price points, as well as a compilation of our best selling advice for this Christmas season. 

Yep, the most exciting part of the year is about to start. And we’ll be right there with you. Promise. 

Wishing you the very best business,

David Squires  
Executive Editor and Associate Publisher  
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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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Way Cool

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What makes a store ?cool??

That’s the question we’re trying to answer, with the help of a panel of expert judges, in this year’s premier edition of ?America’s Coolest Stores?. 

Some stores have cool owners. Some stores have cool stories. Some stores have cool products. And some stores are just amazing places to be. We think you’ll see stores of all types in this special feature. And we hope you enjoy them. It would be great if our winners provide a launching point for great things to do in your own store.  

And remember that next year, we’ll be doing an all-new ?America’s Coolest Stores? awards issue. All-new means no repeat winners, which means a bunch of different stores will have their chance in the spotlight. (And don’t forget, we’ll also be continuing our popular monthly series, ?Cool Stores?.) So if you own a cool store, know one, or even happened to pass one that looked cool from your car at 80 miles per hour, just let us know and we’ll do the rest.  

Speaking of cool, we’re introducing the usual array of cool new stuff in the current issue: including columns from sales gurus Shane Decker and Dave Richardson, as well as a new column on branding your business from Bob Olmstead. We’ve also started a new section in which we’ll review a new business book each month that we think will make a difference in the way your run your store. (Have any books that have changed the way you run your store? Tell us at Click here.) 

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Plus, we’ve got additional new features and columns starting next month ? including an expanded ?economic barometer? section as well as an expanded how-to section giving you an overview of the issues jewelers want to know about most ? for instance, offering a private-label credit card in your store.  

We’ve also got some timely ?one-off? features for next month’s ?Holiday Buying? issue, including an expanded look at the hottest holiday jewelry styles at a wide range of price points, as well as a compilation of our best selling advice for this Christmas season. 

Yep, the most exciting part of the year is about to start. And we’ll be right there with you. Promise. 

Wishing you the very best business,

David Squires  
Executive Editor and Associate Publisher  
Click here

Advertisement

Advertisement

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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