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Retailer Roundtable: Will you be making any long-term changes in the way you conduct business due to the COVID-19 pandemic?

“It was Thursday March 18th, 2020 and I could see it coming. As the cases continued to build in Washington state and New York City, the hysteria began to trickle down to Main Street USA, and had gripped the attention of the people in Knoxville, TN for sure. March 18th was two days before Tennessee’s official lock down order came down, but business had already ground to a halt, as the parking lots became bare and the normally busy streets ceased to have any traffic. Telling my staff they were going to have to go home from our 40 year old family business, and we’re going to have to close for a while, was the hardest thing I’ve had to do.

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Gem Legacy: Jewelers unite to give back to East African gem mining communities

An organization called Gem Legacy is doing a world of good, a world away. Supporting education, vocational training and local economies in East African colored-gemstone mining communities, the nonprofit recognizes that retail jewelers can play a role in “taking care of the shoulders that our businesses stand on.”

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