(GREENSBORO, N.C.) - Schiffman’s Jewelers has been named the 2014 North Carolina Family Business of the Year in the Century Category by Wake Forest University Family Business Center and Business North Carolina. The venerable firm, which marked its 120th anniversary in Greensboro last year, was honored at the North Carolina Family Business of the Year awards celebration in Charlotte on May 8th.
“We’re honored to have been named a North Carolina Family Business of the Year,” commented Lane Schiffman. “Family is the heart of everything we do. Every generation has made a unique contribution to our success: our great-grandparents set the foundation for our business; our grandfather grew it and helped to establish our statewide reputation; and our dad expanded it beyond the state borders.
“My brothers and I strive to continue their legacy. We’re very hands-on: we each oversee different areas of the business, and at any given time can be found in one of our stores assisting clients. We were fortunate to have the experience of working with and learning from our grandfather, and still have the luxury of working with our dad.”
The North Carolina Family Business of the Year Awards are presented annually by the Wake Forest University Family Business Center. Winning businesses are named in four categories: Century, Large, Medium and Small. To be nominated for the Family Business Awards, a business must have its headquarters in North Carolina. Businesses are evaluated based on innovative business strategies and practices, business growth and development, contributions to the community and industry, involvement by family members and commitment to family wellbeing.
The Schiffman family has been deeply committed to welfare of the community since Simon established the firm. He was an active member of community organizations such as the Chamber of Commerce and the Greensboro Merchants Association, and was an early supporter of the North Carolina Female College (now UNC Greensboro). His sons, grandsons and great-grandsons have followed suit. Three generations of the Schiffman family have served as Chairman of the Greensboro (now Guilford) Merchants Association – Arnold (1923), Tony (1974) and Lane (2007). In addition to the Schiffman’s personal activities, Schiffman’s Jewelers supports many organizations in the Piedmont Triad region including The Junior League, Family Service of Greensboro, The Children’s Home Society of North Carolina, The Brenner’s Children’s Hospital, The Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Greensboro Sports Council.
Schiffman’s Jewelers was established in 1893 when Simon Schiffman opened the doors to his first jewelry shop at 303 South Elm Street in downtown Greensboro. Today Schiffman’s Jewelers is an independent, luxury jeweler owned and operated by the fourth-generation of the Schiffman family. Schiffman’s Jewelers stores are located at Friendly Center and 225 South Elm Street in Greensboro and at Stratford Village in Winston-Salem. The Schiffman family also owns and operates Sylvan’s Jewelers (est. 1897) in Columbia, South Carolina; Keller & George Jewelers (est. 1875) in Charlottesville, Virginia; Schwarzschild Jewelers (est. 1897) in Richmond, Virginia, and Shreve & Co. (est. 1852) in San Francisco and Palo Alto, California and Portland, Oregon.
For more information, please visit www.schiffmans.com.