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The SJG Smart Business Report: Ideas to increase sales in slow summer months

The SJG Smart Business Report: Ideas to increase sales in slow summer months

Sponsored content from the Southern Jewelers Guild

“Christmas, children, is not a date. It is a state of mind.” ~ Mary Ellen Chase

People in the industry who know me know that I am a huge proponent of in-store events. Keeping your marketing calendar fr...

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JCK Las Vegas, LUXURY and JIS Exchange glistened during a sweltering week in the desert

JCK Las Vegas, LUXURY and JIS Exchange glistened during a sweltering week in the desert

(NORWALK, Conn.) - Going out with the heat, JCK Las Vegas concluded its 26th edition on Monday, June 6. The show welcomed the best of the best in the jewelry industry with over 2,400 exhibiting brands and manufacturers, as well as an abundant lineup o...

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Gemologist-writer Diana Jarrett is Best-of-the-Best in Writers Competition

Gemologist-writer Diana Jarrett is Best-of-the-Best in Writers Competition

Southern/Mid-America Jewelry News columnist earns national acclaim – again

(NEW YORK) - Popular gem industry writer/author Diana Jarrett accepted an award from the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies for their Editors, Writers, Poets & I...

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JBT’s Red Book available in new easy to use format

JBT’s Red Book available in new easy to use format

As technology evolves so does the well-known traditional Jewelers Board of Trade Red Book. Initially the Red Book was just that - a printed reference book with a red cover. Next came the CD. Now JBT is pleased to announce that future copies of the qu...

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Eager to grow, eager to please, Costar Imports realizing goal of going national

Eager to grow, eager to please, Costar Imports realizing goal of going national

With expansions to the San Francisco Bay Area and Thailand, Costar Imports has come a long way since Ram Kedia opened up shop in New Orleans back in 1988.

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The SJG Smart Business Report: Ideas to increase sales in slow summer months

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The SJG Smart Business Report: Ideas to increase sales in slow summer months

Sponsored content from the Southern Jewelers Guild

“Christmas, children, is not a date. It is a state of mind.” ~ Mary Ellen Chase

People in the industry who know me know that I am a huge proponent of in-store events. Keeping your marketing calendar fresh and full are among the first recommendations I...

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Why gold may hit $1,500 by year’s end—and it’s not just about Brexit

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Why gold may hit $1,500 by year’s end—and it’s not just about Brexit

Implications for currencies, central banks point to more gold rallies

Gold’s impressive rally Friday offered a taste of what may be in store for the precious metal, as some analysts say it’s just a matter of time before prices top $1,500 or even $1,900 an ounce.

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JCK Las Vegas, LUXURY and JIS Exchange glistened during a sweltering week in the desert

8 DAYS AGO
JCK Las Vegas, LUXURY and JIS Exchange glistened during a sweltering week in the desert

(NORWALK, Conn.) - Going out with the heat, JCK Las Vegas concluded its 26th edition on Monday, June 6. The show welcomed the best of the best in the jewelry industry with over 2,400 exhibiting brands and manufacturers, as well as an abundant lineup of industry networking opportunities and informativ...

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Jewelers for Children celebrates 18 years, honors Stuart Lee and Dennis Ulrich

15 DAYS AGO
Jewelers for Children celebrates 18 years, honors Stuart Lee and Dennis Ulrich

(NEW YORK) - On June 5, 2016, Jewelers for Children (JFC) held the 18th Annual Facets of Hope event in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. The charity announced that $3.1 million had been raised to support their charity partners in the year ahead and that since 1999 $51.4 million had bee...

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Gemologist-writer Diana Jarrett is Best-of-the-Best in Writers Competition

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Gemologist-writer Diana Jarrett is Best-of-the-Best in Writers Competition

Southern/Mid-America Jewelry News columnist earns national acclaim – again

(NEW YORK) - Popular gem industry writer/author Diana Jarrett accepted an award from the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies for their Editors, Writers, Poets & Illustrators competition, reports the New York Mine...

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Holojem wins first prize at JCK Think Tank

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Holojem wins first prize at JCK Think Tank

Jewelers Mutual, Excelion Partners team up for 3D projection aimed at creating customized jewelry store experiences

(NEENAH, Wis.) - Holojem™, a Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company partnership with Excelion Partners, won first prize at JCK Las Vegas’ Think Tank on Sunday, June 5.

Think Tank, an event hel...

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JBT’s Red Book available in new easy to use format

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JBT’s Red Book available in new easy to use format

As technology evolves so does the well-known traditional Jewelers Board of Trade Red Book. Initially the Red Book was just that - a printed reference book with a red cover. Next came the CD. Now JBT is pleased to announce that future copies of the quarterly Red Book on CD will be distributed on a fl...

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Hoover & Strong introduces white label diamond auction services

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Hoover & Strong introduces white label diamond auction services

Hoover & Strong has announced a new white label auction service called myAuction™. This is an innovative service offered to jewelry retailers nationwide, allowing them to offer their own online auction service where their customers can sell their jewelry items to industry qualified buyers. The s...

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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.

How it all started

Mickey Hearne first opened the doors to Hearne's Fine Jewelry on June 3, 1972 after spending 15 years working for other jewelers. Laura, his wife, joined him that same year as the two of them worked tirelessly to build the business. Mickey's strong work ethic quickly became recognized around town. As someone who never left the store, Mickey became the ‘go-to' jeweler of New Bern.

Mike Hearne, the youngest son of Mickey and Laura, recalls how his dad felt about the store: "The store was his life. My dad rarely, if ever, took vacation and was always at the store. He would've done anything for his customers."

As Hearne's Fine Jewelry grew so did Jimmy, Craig, and Mike, sons to Mickey and Laura. The boys, with ages spanning nine years, recall growing up running around the New Bern downtown area while their parents worked.

They had the privilege of watching their father and mother interact with customers, accommodating any request regardless of difficulty.

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In 2007 Hearne's Jewelers realized their dream of moving in to a large freestanding store. Pictured are
employees, friends and family at the Grand Opening ceremony. The Hearne sons are wearing ties
in the middle (Mike on left, Jimmy on right) with their mother, Laura, between them.

"I remember my dad saying ‘If you take care of their requests they will always come back to purchase from you.' We've helped customers on our days off, tied anniversary bands to fishing tackle and have even sat down to dinner when we make home deliveries," recalls Mike.

In 1974 Jimmy, the oldest of three sons, joined the Hearne's team. He learned the business first hand from his parents and, for 15 years helped them run the downtown store. In 1989 the family decided to branch out and open a second Hearne's location in the Wal-Mart shopping complex.

Mike left college to join the business working with his brother. Both locations were flourishing but, as the years passed, the family longed to build a free-standing store that was easy to access and with plenty of parking - something the other Wal-Mart store didn't have.

Finally, in 1994, Hearne's made the decision to close the original downtown location. Laura went to work with the boys while Mickey enjoyed life, hobbies and grandchildren. Although he wasn't in the store every day, he was still very involved in the business. He really never left it completely.

"My dad passed away from cancer in 2001 and I miss him every day. Aside from being my father, he was such a smart business man and always seemed to have the perfect advice," recalls Mike.

In 2007 the family realized their dream to give their customers a really exceptional place to shop. The doors to the newly built, professionally decorated custom showroom in Hearne's first, free-standing building were finally opened. Their custom built Artco showcases and a large selection of name brand inventory are just a small part of the overall appeal of this new store. The ease with which customers can access the store, as well as a parking spot, are greatly improved, but the faces remain the same. The sparkling new store is one that benefits owners, employees and customers.

"We worked hard to build our new location. We started in 2005 and it took two years just to negotiate the price of the land. We broke ground in January of last year amid the economic downturn, but we survived. Now we have this tremendous store to show for it," states Mike. "And we've given our customers what they deserve - elegance and a wonderful shopping experience."

Today the Hearne brothers, along with their mother, carry on Mickey's business tradition; combining old-fashioned courtesy with integrity. They always focus on meeting customer needs, regardless of the difficulty and they are dedicated to their suppliers. "We really believe that maintaining strong relationships with the people we do business with inside the industry is one of the most important aspects of building a strong business," states Jimmy. "We still work with several of the sales people that called on my dad so long ago."

It takes one trip to Hearne's to see that the mother/sons trio enjoy what they are doing and plan to continue running the business until, possibly, a third generation is ready to take over.

"I guess we love what we do and it shows, because Hearne's was awarded Best Jeweler in our area for 10 years in a row," states Mike.

‘Courtesy with integrity' is the Hearne family motto, and as long as Jimmy and Mike (with Mom's help) are running the business it doesn't matter how hard they have to work, they will do what it takes to continue the successful business their father started so many years ago.

"Jimmy and I agree to work harder and earn less money so that we can survive and grow stronger," states Mike. "We love working with our mom and we will always put our best into it."

To find out more about Hearne's Jewelry check out their website at www.hearnesjewelry.com or give them a call at 252-637 2784.


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