Founded by Amber Gustafson, owner of Amber’s Designs in Katy, breakfast attendance has been growing significantly in the past couple of years. It’s attended by retail jewelers throughout the area, but also by vendor reps, and lately, by Houston police detectives interested in sharing information and learning about issues facing local jewelers. The organization is completely informal and relaxed; no one is running for election, taking minutes or taking attendance.
The Houston Jewelers Breakfast invited me to join them after I left the Houston Chronicle to join Instore five years ago, brand new to the jewelry industry and based in Houston.
I’ve learned a lot, of course, made new friends, and developed sources, but more importantly, the jewelers who regularly attend have established a local community willing to share knowledge and encouragement and practical advice with one another.
So consider starting a jewelers’ breakfast of your own in your community; you don’t have to wait for the next conference, conclave or Smart Show to share ideas and learn from one another. (Although you won't have to wait long for a wealth of sharing and education at the Smart Show Dallas Sept. 8-10, www.smartjewelryshow.com)