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Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Whoopie Cookies

By Angie Ash, EVP 2 sticks butter, unsalted1 cup granulated sugar (or 2/3 cup honey) (Using sugar will result in a flatter cookie. If you bake with honey, expect a thicker texture!)1 egg2 tsp vanilla extract2 cups all-purpose flour (or gluten-free alternative)1/4 cups cocoa powder1/4 tsp kosher salt1/2 tsp baking soda1/2 tsp baking powder1 tbsp hot brewed...

Your 2023 Resolution? Be a Goal-Getter!

By Angie Ash, EVP As a side-hustle fitness instructor, I see A LOT of people I like to call “resolutionists” show up at the gym at the beginning of every year. They’re fueled by all the best intentions - losing weight, gaining endurance and speed, and building lean muscle. They usually start with the pedal to the...

Your 5-Step Plan for Holiday Success

by Angie Ash, EVP   Yes, you, meaning even though we’re not quite halfway into September, your store needs to be thinking about the holidays NOW. To save you from overwhelm, I made a list and you can check it twice. It’s a 5-Step Plan you can incorporate into your next staff meeting. You have those, right? RIGHT??!  Step...

Getting Diversity in Marketing Right

by Angie Ash, EVP Look, well, anywhere, and you’ll see companies clearly working hard to reflect diversity in their marketing. But are they doing it right? Meaning, is it resonating with their customers and prospective customers?  If you’ve been making an effort to show diversity in your marketing too, below are some reasons it may be falling flat...

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

by Angie Ash, EVP Well, here we are with another JCK show under our belts. After going to this show for years and years, can I get an amen that there’s no place like home once the whirlwind of Vegas comes to its final stop? Dorothy definitely got that right. Every year, as exhibitors, we approach the JCK...

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A Case for Sustainability

by Angie Ash, EVP If you’re a retailer who's worried about the impact of lab-grown diamonds on your overall diamond jewelry business, you’re not alone! Here’s how the message of sustainability can help. Conflict-free diamonds have long been a topic of discussion and advocacy among fine retail jewelers, but it seems the biggest conflict we’ve seen lately in...

Feeling the Pinch

By Angie Ash, EVP It’s not hard to see the effects of inflation as we know it “at the moment” when we fill up our gas tanks and go to the grocery store. At $4.00+ at the low end for a gallon of gas and $11.00 a pound for quality smoked ham, for example, the proof is...

For Love or Money?

By Angie Ash, Executive Vice President We’re wrapping up our client planning calls and, as always, we’ve had some truly interesting conversations with our retail jewelers. This year, a lot of chatter was on the topic of lab-grown diamonds. Just a few years ago, LGDs were the new kids on the block at JCK at the Pure...

Jewelers, Take These Three Vows In 2022

By Angie Ash, Executive Vice President  The starting gun to the holiday shopping frenzy has blasted and, as retail jewelers, you know the coming weeks are going to be a sprint to Christmas. Once you’ve reached the finish line, nobody will want a very large glass of wine and fuzzy slippers more than you. But, before you’re...

The Most Valuable Brand? Your Own.

By Angie Ash, Executive Vice President We see it all too often. Retail jewelers getting hung up on the brands they carry. And we get it, especially if they offer a generous co-op program. Of course, you want to utilize those dollars when it makes sense. However, keep this in mind. The vast majority of jewelry brands...