Full Circle with Larry Schaffer of OK

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  People. A simple six letter word that became the thesis of our conversation with Larry Schaffer, owner of OK. Years ago, the doors opened to a realm of beautiful jewelry, houseware, décor, gifts, hand crafted trinkets and other oddities. The two stores sit on 3rd St in West Hollywood and Silverlake Blvd, where they maintain a modern edge and epitomize all that is aesthetically pleasing. It has been said that OK is a one stop shop and the go-to destination for any special, thoughtful gift. Everything in the shop shares an essence of high quality and individuality. Hopefully you’ll…


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Full Circle with Maria Aguirre of Benold’s Jewelers

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As the new owner of Benold’s Jewelers in Austin, TX, Maria Aguirre certainly has her work cut out for her. The business, founded in 1929, was family-owned for most of its lifespan and then sold in 2006 to its manager at the time, Milton Doolittle. It was in 2017 that Aguirre—already an employee of Benold’s—purchased the store. Below, we talk with her about longevity, keeping stock, and looking forward to the new year. JCK: Give us some background about how you got into the jewelry business. Maria Aguirre: I have owned Benold’s Jewelers since June 2017, but I have been…


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New Year, New Trends

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4 styles for 2018 Happy 2018! A new year means hitting the refresh button for many, and stepping back to evaluate what to change, maintain, and expand. For retail stores, this often involves taking a look at the styles that worked and the ones that didn’t catch your customers’ attention quite as much as you hoped they would. There are a number of emerging trends worth taking a chance on, whether you want to dazzle your most fashion-forward clientele or appeal to those who prefer to play it safe. We believe the four styles below are worth a look—and we’ve…


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How Refreshing – Styles to Rejuvenate your Store for 2018

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Survived the holidays? We knew you would. As you enter 2018 and try to adjust to writing dates with a different year at the end, it’s time to take stock of what needs to be done in your store. Whether you’re planning a complete redesign or a little redecorating, are looking to hold your first trunk show, or have simply resolved to host more customer happy hours, a new year means new goals and perspectives. It also means new jewels. As you make your list of to do’s, here are key categories—and designs from some of your favorite LUXURY by…


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Cupid’s Curations

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The most romantic list of Valentine’s Day gifts February 14 is just around the corner, and you know what that means. Though it’s not quite the holiday rush, you can expect your fair share of harried significant others parading through your front door, searching for the perfect token of love for the one who sent an arrow through their hearts. Tried-and-true sweetheart classics are perfectly appropriate. Heart-shape pendants and styles that literally say I love you may be big sellers among some customers. For others, try a range of romantic gifts that stand the test of time: bracelets that fit…


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