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100 years old and counting, family’s coastal business has beckoned generations home

Betty Stewart doesn’t remember the man who started her business.  He died just three weeks after she was born.

But the legacy of her grandfather, R.L. Stewart, lives on. To this day, customers who remember him will pop into Stewart’s Jewelry Store, a downtown mainstay since 1908 in Washington, N.C., a quaint, historic town of about 10,000 people that lies nestled in the state’s inland coastal region.

Liebman joins Southern/Mid-America Jewelry News as northeastern rep

Newsmith, Inc., publishers of Southern and Mid-America Jewelry News, is pleased to announce Marilyn Liebman has been hired as sales representative for the northeastern United States.  Liebman comes to Newsmith after 10 years as a sales representative with MJSA Journal (formerly AJM Magazine).

Liebman began her working career teaching elementary school. After 31 years she retired from teaching and went in search of her dream job, “to go on the road with a line.” With husband Steve in the jewelry industry this was not difficult and she soon found herself representing several lines.

Atlanta Jewelry Show announces “Two for 2010” economic stimulus package

Two booths for $2010 at March 6-8, 2010 Show - A 40% price reduction

(ATLANTA) - To help its members weather the current economic climate, the Southern Jewelry Travelers Association (SJTA) has  launched  a “Two for 2010” stimulus package for the Spring Atlanta Jewelry Show, March 6-8, 2010 at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, GA.  Representing a 40 percent reduction in the established booth package price, the new program gives SJTA members the opportunity to purchase two booths for $2010, or $1005 per booth.

Marketing outside the box

Independent retailers have come a long way when it comes to marketing their businesses. Years ago, very few had a marketing budget or a marketing plan. But today most retailers realize the critical nature of keeping their company name out there.

Still, many independent retailers view marketing in a traditional way; flyers, posters, direct mail pieces. In today’s market those tools are cumbersome, costly and typically generate less than a five percent response. In a day when retailers have to work harder for a sale that is typically worth less than it was a year ago, smart marketing can take the financial burden off the back of the owner.

At 85, N.C. jeweler keeps mixing business with plenty of pleasure

A long time ago, Bill Griffith learned the secret to success was simple: Have fun with it.

And so he has, stirring up excitement with eagerly anticipated promotions at his jewelry business in the heart of charming Marion, N.C.

“People love it,” says Bill, whose sparkle and enthusiasm belie his 85 years. “We have steady customers here in the store. We like to kid and have fun.

“I learned some tricks from some of the jewelers I used to call on as a salesman. One or two jewelers would have drawings at Christmas time to give away a watch or something. I decided I’d try it and did, and it is tremendous! Everybody gets excited and has fun.”

New software gives Kevin Seele “The Edge”

One of the most important choices independent jewelers make today is which automated software to use to run their business.

Kevin Seele certainly knows how to keep a jewelry store going. Kevin’s Fine Jewelry has been a Totowa, NJ landmark for 27 years. It currently has nine employees, and it’s done well enough for him to open up another branch 20 miles away.

To Bee or not to Bee?

Former Secretary of State Albright’s “Pin Diplomacy”

When Madeleine Albright, the former US Secretary of State, donned a wasp pin before an important meeting with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, he was visibly disturbed. Brooches had become her diplomatic calling card, a way of non-verbally signifying her mood or intentions. Bees or wasps could signal “something like a sting. I wore wasps on days I wanted to do a little stinging and deliver a tough message,” she explains.