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The Retailer’s Perspective: Water, water everywhere - but not a drop to drink

On May 1st, 2nd, and 3rd of 2010, Nashville, TN experienced what is known in emergency response circles as an MCI - a Major Catastrophic Incident.  We fell victim to the worst flooding in the US in years.  In a 48 hour period, middle Tennessee received the greatest amount of rainfall in recorded history and everything flooded.  I now know what Noah must have gone through.  So, I thought I’d share a ‘feel good’ story or two (or three) with everyone.

The Retailer’s Perspective: So that’s how you wanna play it...

What is it about lunch and craziness? One second I’m sitting outside on the patio of my store having a nice lunch (a Greek salad with grilled chicken, extra feta cheese, and some of those grape leaf thingies) and the next second all hell breaks loose. And you know how it is, every now and again, you’re just not in the mood to deal with it. It went something like this.

The Retailer’s Perspective: The importance of March 9th

Usually, while writing my column, I’m projecting myself 30 - 45 days into the future.  Normally I’m trying to visualize when the paper will hit your mailbox and what will be going on in your life at that time and I try to write something topical.  Every now and then I even get it right.  Today is different though.  Today, I’m only projecting myself 5 days into the future.  Today is March 5, 2010.

The Retailer’s Perspective: Facts and fictions...

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these so I thought I’d bring up one of my favorite topics... the wrong things people say about jewelry.

Diamonds can’t break because they’re so hard.

Wrong! Ask any jeweler who’s broken one - they’ll tell you different. Here’s the real story. There is a difference between Hardness and Toughness. Hardness is a stone’s resistance to scratching or abrasion. A diamond is the hardest natural material on the planet. The only thing that can scratch a diamond is another diamond. On the other hand, Toughness is a stones resistance to breakage or cleavage. A diamond, because it is so hard, has a relatively poor toughness. You can bump a diamond (hardness 10) into the corner of a glass showcase just right (hardness 6) and break it clean in two. Let a pair of pliers slip just right while you’re setting a diamond and you’ll break a chunk off before you can say Uh oh! And for the record, every diamond substitute to date will scratch glass.

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