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Medford Chason’s treasures

As the saying goes, “one man gathers what another man spills.” In his early teens, enterprising young Medford Chason and his boyhood buddy excavated a garbage dump near his family’s tobacco farm in Southwest, GA that was closed in the early 1900s. Over time, the dynamic duo found 14,000 antique bottles.

Retailer Roundtable: How has your approach to social media changed over the years?

Q: How has your approach to social media changed over the years? 

“Social media is a three-prong approach for us, covering all levels of our business, including the store Facebook account, personal e-mails - which includes clients, associations and personal contacts - and Jewelry and Diamond Flippers, a secure B2B Facebook-based group for buying and selling goods. To reach millennials a business has to have some social media presence, but I think sales conversions from Facebook are still something that can’t be tracked accurately and many retailers have mixed results. 

Libby Brown, the perfect fit to lead the Atlanta Jewelry Show

My mom always said, “Raise a child in the way he should go and when he is old he won’t depart from it.” Actually, I think that’s from the Bible, but she claimed it like it was hers. Libby Brown, the newly appointed executive director of the Atlanta Jewelry Show (AJS) is living proof that statement is true. She’s a dyed in the wool jewelry kid who grew up in a small retail store in South Georgia.

Retailer Roundtable: What is your business outlook for 2018?

“Based on our December 2017 sales, which were up 23 percent compared to the same time period the year before, I’m very optimistic about 2018. Usually our custom shop is very busy that time of the year, but this holiday season it was about the same. Surprisingly we sold a lot of our finished inventory of bread-and-butter goods, from diamond and fashion color to diamond essentials – such as studs, which we did very well with over the holidays. This holiday season the volume of sales was definitely up.

Parker’s Karat Patch carves out big local niche

It was an unlikely career for Kristin and Terrence Laughter. Not that they didn’t want to work in the jewelry industry, but rather, they started life together traveling the world while Terrence served his country as an Army Infantry solider. Sure, they’d grown up together in Asheville, North Carolina, and married as high school sweethearts, but neither had a direct connection to jewelry and Terrence was busy learning the logistics of combat fighting, not tapping into his creative side.