Boston & New York:
JCK’s retail account manager Isabel Cajulis took to Boston and the surrounding suburbs to visit stores and learn all about the jewelry market.
“I learned that the jewelry market in Boston is very eclectic and many shoppers are very artistic,” Isabel notes. “They rely on these stores to inspire them, and they make shopping for jewelry fun and exciting by bringing in unique designers.”
Some of the stores Isabel visited included Quadrum Gallery, Good, Alchemy 925, M. Flynn, Michele Mercaldo, Talori, E.R. Butler & Co., Exclusive Jewels Gallery, and Flock.
Isabel adds, “It’s always great to see retailer friends like Sia Maravelias from Quadrum and meet new store owners along the way.”
Isabel also made her way to New York state, where she visited stores in Westchester County’s Bronxville and Larchmont. In Bronxville, Isabel visited with Sarah Reynolds at Citrine to gather some insight about the area’s market. Luckily for Isabel, she’s from the area—just a few towns over, to be exact!
“It was great to be in a place that’s so familiar,” she says.
She rounded out her visits in Larchmont, where she met with Dawn Hendricks from Peridot and learned a lot about the store’s customers. Not to mention she got to play with some amazing jewelry!
In November, Katie Dominesey, industry vice president of JCK, along with Mark Smelzer, Victoria Gomelsky, and Randi Gewertz of JCK magazine, met with the Stuller team at their headquarters in Lafayette, La.
The JCK team met with key players from Stuller’s marketing and customer-experience team, hearing about their new initiatives and how they are innovating for the coming year.
One thing that the JCK and Stuller teams agreed upon is getting to know each retailer group differently and how each has different needs. The passionate and knowledgeable Stuller team combined with great Louisiana cuisine always makes for a great fall trip.
LUXURY’s retail account manager Hannah Connorton headed to northern New Jersey between the holidays to check in with stores including Corbo Jewelers, Aires Jewelers, Rose City Jewelers, and Schroth & Lorenson Jewelers.
These independent jewelers shared their thoughts on their expectations for the holiday buying season—with many saying they were optimistic about the weeks ahead—as well as sentiments on industry-related topics such as synthetic diamonds, e-commerce, and the brands and categories that have been performing well.
“The trip served as a great way to stay updated on the pulse of the industry, especially between shows when time permits me to take the time to see my retailers and experience their stores,” Hannah said. “As an added bonus, the towns I visited—from Florham Park to Madison—were very charming, with quaint Main Streets decorated for the holidays.”
WJA Holiday Party:
Reed Jewelry Group showed up in numbers for the WJA New York Metro holiday party at the beautiful Yale Club. It was a great evening of celebrating the industry and reconnecting with new and familiar faces. A very special thanks to WJA, the raffle donors, and sponsors for putting together another memorable event—and a special shoutout to the “libations” sponsor, JIS, for ensuring that spirits were definitely bright.