Columnists Howard Kelrick

Howard Kelrick

24 Karat Corner - News and Views from the 24 Karat Club Southeastern U.S.: Summertime...

... And the living is easy!  My summer intern has the office running smoothly, and Kiki has the refrigerator door plastered with travel brochures.  All across the country it’s quiet on Main Street.  As my friend Mark once said rather awkwardly, “If you can afford to shop in my store, you can afford to go to the beach or mountains for the summer.”  Unless your store is located in a resort town, you probably have some time on your hands.  So, what to do?

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24 Karat Corner - News and Views from the 24 Karat Club Southeastern U.S.: Can you nail the close?

Congratulations!   You’re still in the jewelry business. Despite everything that we’ve faced in the last five years, you (or your employer) have figured out how, i...

24 Karat Corner - News and Views from the 24 Karat Club Southeastern U.S.

Why I never cut in line

One hundred years ago this month, my grandfather stepped off the boat from Russia.   Like all the other young men in the line, he spoke n...

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24 Karat Corner - News and Views from the 24 Karat Club Southeastern U.S.: If it’s not perfect...

I went to a charity luncheon yesterday afternoon.   It’s not my normal weekday routine, but I was asked by a close friend, it was for a good cause, and it was being ...

24 Karat Corner - News and Views from the 24 Karat Club Southeastern U.S.

You’ve got questions

You haven’t been a jeweler very long if you haven’t asked yourself at least one of the following questions:

When is the right time to freshen up ...

24 Karat Corner - News and Views from the 24 Karat Club Southeastern U.S.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day is my favorite holiday.   The gift decision is easy.   There is only one choice - jewelry.   Sure, flowers and c...

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24 Karat Corner - News and Views from the 24 Karat Club Southeastern U.S.

24 Karat Corner - News and Views from the 24 Karat Club Southeastern U.S.

Making dreams come true

For years, the number one event on the social scene for jewelers in the southeast is the annual 24 Karat Club Black Tie Dinner Dance held every Aug...

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24 Karat Corner - News and Views from the 24 Karat Club Southeastern U.S.

Swimming with the sharks!

The day before the last Atlanta Jewelry Show, I took my good friend and customer Scott for a swim in the shark tank at the Georgia Aquariu...

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24 Karat Corner: News and Views from the 24 Karat Club Southeastern U.S.

Bleeding the customer dry

It was a sticky, steamy South Florida afternoon, so I thought I’d swing by my friend Kenny’s store on the way back to the office.  ...

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