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Howard Kelrick

Chicken soup for jewelers

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I was captivated by a juxtaposition the other day that still intrigues me. I was listening to the business news on the car radio as I was driving to see a friend who owns a very successful, family-owned jewelry store just outside of Atlanta.


24 Karat Corner: Is time winding down for fine watches

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It’s graduation day at State U and Grandpa is sitting on the hard steel bleachers clutching a small green box. After the ceremony, he finds his grandson Millennial among the crowd and congratulates him. “I have something for you,” he says offering the box. “It’s to mark this very special occasion.”

24 Karat Corner: Please don’t follow your passion

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It’s April, and that means only one thing around here. The idiot that owns the used car lot on the edge of town has bought up all of the available television advertising spots and is now bombarding the airwaves, yelling and screaming, that I should hurry down right now, and he’ll double my IRS tax refund. It’s beyond annoying!

24 Karat Corner: Retailing in the On-Line Age

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The fourth largest book store chain in the nation is closing.

Book World, a 45 store chain located in the upper Midwest could not survive the changing nature of retailing, and so announced its liquidation.

“That’s a shame!” you are probably saying to yourself. “But, Howard, I’m a jeweler, and this is a jewelry publication, so what could that possibly have to do with me?”

24 Karat Corner: Do you have Bitcoin in stock?

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“I’ve got gold coins, silver bars, and platinum ingots, but sorry, no Bitcoin!” my friend Brian replied to the customer who interrupted our conversation.

“Why don’t I show you something that you can take home with you today, store in your own safe, is not vulnerable to a hard drive crash or on-line hackers, and is universally accepted?” Brian said as he walked the customer over to another showcase.

Retailing in the On-Line Age

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The fourth largest book store chain in the nation is closing.

Book World, a 45 store chain located in the upper Midwest could not survive the changing nature of retailing, and so announced its liquidation.

“That’s a shame!” you are probably saying to yourself. “But, Howard, I’m a jeweler, and this is a jewelry publication, so what could that possibly have to do with me?”

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