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Understated and elegant, North Carolina jewelry store is a timeless treasure

(GREENSBORO, N.C.) - Lorraine Dodds is 94 years old. She’s a businesswoman, soft and elegant like the cozy, boutique-like store she owns and loves. And she has no plans to retire anytime soon.

Her shop, nicely situated between a busy commercial avenue and the stately Irving Park neighborhood in the city of Greensboro, N.C., Lorraine’s Karat Gold Corner stands quietly and modestly as it has for decades. Nestled between Edward Jones Investments and the popular clothing shop Dress Code, its emerald green awning welcomes customers from all over, time and time again.

81-year-old retailer fights for her life after yellow jacket attack

Juanita Foshee suffers over 1,000 stings

Clyde and Juanita Foshee have been in the jewelry business for more than 57 years. As owners of Foshee Jewelers in Lakeland, Florida, Clyde opened his store in 1953, one year before marrying Juanita. Their business has grown and sustained itself through many trials, but today the couple faces the biggest trial of their 56 year marriage – one that is life threatening.

FAU’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute receives grant for process to culture queen conch pearls

(BOCA RATON, Fla.) – Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute has received a State University Research Commercialization Assistance Grant (SURCAG) to accelerate commercialization of a patent-pending technique to produce cultured pearls from the queen conch (Strombus gigas) and create a new, Florida-based industry. Until recently, all attempts to reliably culture pearls from the queen conch were unsuccessful. Through a novel seeding technique developed at Harbor Branch, researchers have already achieved proof-of-concept production of more than 200 queen conch cultured pearls, and Rose Pearl, LLC was formed to serve as a business partner to introduce a new gem to industry.

Sit tight and wait for better times? Not us, say two South Carolina jewelers

For jewelers Jon Landon and Mark Meetze, boosting business in a dicey economy has been as simple as moving to where the money is.

Carolina Fine Jewelry is just that – fine jewelry – so it made sense to pull up roots and move to a location with a little more swank, a little more buying power. Now the store is nestled comfortably between an upscale furniture store and the elegantly casual Bonefish Grill in Columbia, S.C.

Rio Grande - powered by the sun

Rio Grande now generates enough electricity to meet its annual business and manufacturing needs. After installing close to five acres of solar panels (more than 5,000 of them) above the parking lot at their facility in New Mexico, Rio Grande now operates the state’s largest commercial solar array.

H.P. Johnson Company serves small business market for 65 years

Within the jewelry industry lives a wonderful, unique breed of business owner; the type of entrepreneur who consciously makes the choice to forego big profit and overblown growth for the sake of serving small businesses, one store at a time. H.P. Johnson Company built their business serving independent jewelers and, today, they remain committed to providing small, independent retailers the terms, products and pricing they need to survive.

Secrets of Sirgold’s success passed down through three generations

Since the early 1900s Avni Patel’s family has sold precious gems. His grandfather started the business as a colored stone dealer in India, specializing in rubies and sapphires. When the second generation took the reins, Avni’s father opened and operated the Hong Kong location for more than 35 years. Today Avni operates the U.S. office located in the New York Diamond District as the third generation of family to take the helm, and he owes it all to his family.

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