Winning With INSTORE

Took a hiatus from my business to run for political office, and the best way to catch back up is with INSTORE ! P.S. - I also won the election. :) — Allison Love, Allison Love’s Fine Jewelry, Rock Hill, SC

For Shame

Those last questions [from the February Brain Squad survey] are absurd! Work for a retail jeweler during the holidays and find out what we have to do to make a living!! Oh by the way, what piece of jewelry did you buy for your loved one this Christmas?? If you didn’t, shame on you!!! — Teddie Gause, Gause & Son Jewelers, Ocala, FL

Wanting Windows

Always love the best store issues and would like to see some display ideas ... store windows are always hard to come up with. — Cathy McMurray, The Hunt House, Huntsville, ON

Editor’s note: Your wish is our command! For cool window ideas, check out Benchmarks on p. 56!

Deep Thoughts

It’s still a great industry, but only if you have a successful business. — Ira Kramer, The Diamond Exchange of Maryland, Rockville, MD

Pass It Forward 

If you have mastered a skill, before you die, teach it! I have taken on four apprentices. Own two jewelry stores. I teach my art, my love, my skill, my craft every day. It is hard work. But to watch these young goldsmiths learn, and try, and fail each and every day is paying it forward to the many who gave me their patience to teach me. Don’t cash out and let your art die! Thanks to Tomaso, Evan, Glenda, and all! — Stephen Ware, Ware Designs, Lafayette, CA

This article originally appeared in the March 2018 edition of INSTORE.

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