Passion Makes Perfect

I wait on at least 10 to 15 customers a day at Nelson's Jewelry in Crystal Lake, Illinois. Managing this jewelry store for over seven years, I have realistically met 10,000 people in my time behind the counter. Fortunately, I have a large number of loyal supporters who shop with me for every special occasion. … Continue reading Passion Makes Perfect

An Original Idea

While I have worked in the jewelry industry since 2000, my college degree is actually in Marketing with an emphasis in Consumer Behavior and Psychology. Having that type of background has often helped with jewelry store marketing and especially the concept of how to price merchandise at our store in Crystal Lake, Illinois. However, my … Continue reading An Original Idea

Musical Memory Lane

Wander down memory lane and I know you will find that music follows. Think about it for a second and you will quickly understand what I mean. Sure you can relate a time in your life to a school subject, like my senior year reminds me of writing.  Or I might relate an everyday item, … Continue reading Musical Memory Lane

Loyalty Equals Success for Any Organization

Recently one of the employees at Nelson's Jewelry, the jewelry store I manage in Crystal Lake, Illinois, celebrated her 40th anniversary working for the Nelson's. The entire staff celebrated with her, including the current owners, who bought the store from their parents about 30 years ago.  As we celebrated this amazing accomplishment, I realized that … Continue reading Loyalty Equals Success for Any Organization

The Friendship Business

Hung out with a friend recently who, after successfully graduating from a private college with a degree in education, found himself still searching for a job after the school year started. Thankfully he was diligent enough to pursue available job openings and recently landed a position in a high school nearby. What I found really … Continue reading The Friendship Business

Fantasy football fun

'Tis the season to study your rankings, make your list and check it twice, and pray you have been a good little boy all year and that Jolly Old Man brings draft day dreams, or Chris Johnson. That's right, it's fantasy football season, or for me, Christmas, and guys everywhere are prepping for a season … Continue reading Fantasy football fun

Saying Goodbye to a Favorite

In early August, with a .246 batting average, 12 home runs and 52 runs batted in, I believe the Chicago Cubs Derrek Lee is probably playing in his last 47 games wearing Cubbie Blue.  Lee has almost always been my favorite Cub, as growing up in Wisconsin, I am a converted Lovable Loser since 2003. … Continue reading Saying Goodbye to a Favorite