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Daughtry Jewelers hit hard by Hurricane Irene

On Friday, August 26th Eddie Christian and his daughter Ashley locked up the merchandise at Daughtry Jewelers at the end of a very busy day. Located 65 miles off the coast of North Carolina; their small town of Goldsboro, NC was bracing for Hurricane Irene’s landfall the next day. They took extra precautions to protect their merchandise and minimize damage, including unplugging computers, putting extra items in the safe and moving critical items upstairs to their 2nd floor. Located in Berkley Mall, neither Eddie nor Ashley expected a lot of damage. Despite the enormous size of the storm, which NASA satellite data indicated was one-third the length of the U.S. Atlantic coastline, Irene had already been downgraded to a category 1 storm and Goldsboro had weathered much worse.

The Gold Mine’s Bill Warren - Master Marketer

A typical Wednesday afternoon. For many stores, a mid-week lull. But at Bill Warren’s Hudson, NC store (www.hudsongoldmine.com) the warm atmosphere buzzes as throngs of customers circulate, drawn by featured contests and promotions.  Here customers are friends, used to dropping by to see what’s new this week, enticed by a Facebook update, newspaper ad or personal phone call.

RJO celebrates 45th anniversary, strong mid-year numbers at Fall Buying Show

(NEWTON, Iowa) - RJO jewelers and manufacturers from around the country attended the exclusive Fall 2011 Retail Jewelers Organization (RJO) Buying Show in Indianapolis, IN. The RJO Buying Show, held semi-annually, provides successful independent jewelers the opportunity to browse current fashions, network with other industry leaders and purchase jewelry at negotiated discounts from world-renowned vendors.

Southern retailer delivering dynamic marketing seminars

Bill Warren, DDJM (Doctor of Dynamic Jewelry Marketing) sharing his marketing knowledge at the August Atlanta Jewelry Show.
Bill Warren, owner of The Gold Mine Fine Jewelry & Gifts, Inc. and Warren Marketing Systems in Hudson, NC was recently the keynote speaker at two of the Southeast’s largest jewelry events.  On August 6th & August 14th, Warren delivered a motivational marketing seminar to the Atlanta Jewelry Show in Atlanta, GA and the Louisiana Jewelers Convention held in Lafayette, LA.  In his speech, Warren outlined ways that retail businesses, particularly jewelers, could be successful at any time regardless of the economy or location of the business.

NC retailer purchases silver jewelry manufacturing company

When Saleem Black decided to retire and close the doors on his silver jewelry manufacturing company in February, little did he know that long-time customer Chris Snowden, owner of Snowden’s Jewelry in Wilmington, NC, would end up buying his company. The two men had become friends through their business dealings and as soon as Chris received Black’s letter about the impending closure he picked up the phone and dialed Black.

Value of Joyce and Neb Crawford’s legacy not lost on next generation

They say when Joyce Crawford entered a room it was like a bright light came with her. Known by all as someone who genuinely cared about others; Joyce and her husband Neb Crawford made a life around their retail jewelry store in Waycross, GA that, today, sustains their four grown children and their grandchildren. For 54 years Crawford Jewelers has been a mainstay in Waycross, Georgia and for 44 of those years Joyce was the face behind the counter. She passed away in May of this year.

GN Diamond forges ahead with steady commitment to independent retailers

GN Diamond boasts an exclusive clientele - namely independent retailers. By dealing only with independents, the diamond wholesaler has created a loyalty-based success story, drawing some 3,500 clients into the fold.

With the company picking up 15 to 20 new clients every couple of days, GN Diamond bills itself as “The Fastest Growing Diamond Company in America.”

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