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Amy Minnick

Buddy’s Big Give

You may not know Buddy or his jewelry stores in North Carolina but one thing's for sure, you can't miss his car. With big diamond magnets strewn all over it, along with the logo for his most recent promotion, no one can miss Buddy's car - and that's exactly the point.

Hearne’s Fine Jewelry sports a new location and thriving second generation

In the small, sleepy seaside town of New Bern, North Carolina lives a ‘gem' of a jewelry store. With 4400 square feet of store, more ‘bling' that you can blink an eye at, and a reputation for going beyond (think way beyond) what their customers expect, Hearne's Fine Jewelry has become a city tradition. As a second generation family-owned business, Hearne's proudly serves second and third generation customers; blurring the line between business and friendship. Hearne's is the epitome of a small-town business done in a big way.

Kameleon Jewelry makes expressing yourself easy

Robert Smith is a persistent man. He isn't easily deterred and he insists on doing things the right way, which usually takes a little time. Two years ago his persistence paid off when he introduced his patented interchangeable jewelry line called Kameleon. A "never before heard of" product, Kameleon jewelry allows owners to change center stones in a variety of jewelry settings as often as they change their moods.

The Cargo Hold ‘Holds On’ for 35 years of successful business

Tom Young and Bob Glenn have been in business together for 35 years. They have weathered numerous economic downturns, a major change of direction for their business and, yet, have remained solidified in their vision for their company. In a time when few things last as long, Young and Glenn have proven that collaboration, integrity and vision are integral to long-term business success.

Roseco – from trunk to tremendous

What started out as a one-man business with a trunk-load of inventory is, today, a 30 year-old company built on integrity and customer service. Bob Rose uncovered an unmet need for findings within the independent retailer market and he made it his mission to help them out.

Graham Jewelry carrying on family traditions

When we hear the term ‘family-owned' in the jewelry industry, it almost seems commonplace. Everywhere you turn you hear stories of second, third and, occasionally, fourth or fifth generation families who've kept their jewelry business alive. We are not alone, however. Ninety percent of the 21 million U.S. businesses are controlled by families, according to MSN's Money Central. Family business is the backbone of our economy.

Unique Settings of New York

Saying "Yes" to special requests for 10 years

As Plato once said, "Necessity is the mother of invention." Unique Settings of New York knows first hand what it means to create solutions out of need. When four New Jersey retailers got together to discuss a ‘hole' in their supply chain, they left the meeting with a little more than they bargained for - starting a new company.

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