Rourke named best independent jeweler by NJA survey

Hello Orchid,

though I am not one for shameless self promotion this is an award I
have received and thought I would pass it on for all of you to have
as good a chuckle as I have had wih it :

My business, Vieux Carre Jewelers, in New Orleans is According to
the National Jewelers Association “One of an elite group of only 27
nationwide that have earned this distinction based on benchmarking…
and surveys”. they are planning a luncheon in early 2010 at the JA
show in New York for the winners…and they "will be in contact soon
to [tell us] what other “benefits” we are going to receive as a
result of this distinction… Other categories were Coture, and
Emerging Retailers…

If you want to check it out here’s the National Jewelers Association

still chuickling, R.E.R.

The 2009 America’s Best Jewelers Independents category winners are:

Britton Jewelers of Dickinson, N. D. ; Capri Jewelers of
Chandler, Ariz. ; Christopher’s Fine Jewelry of Pawleys Island,
S. C. ; David Hayman Jewellers of Yorba Linda, Calif. ; Georrey
Roth Gallery of Sedona, Ariz. ; Gold Diggers: Block Island
Jewelers of Block Island, R. I. ; Goodman Jewelers of Abingdon,
Va. ; Harris Jeweler of Troy, Ohio; Howard’s Jewelry and Gifts
of Hazle Township, Pa. ; Jim Kryshak Jewelers of Wausau, Wis. ;
Krikawa Jewelry Designs of Tucson; Lexington Jewelers of
Lexington, Va. ; Longnecker Jewelry of McCook, Neb. ; M. Foster
Jeweler at River Oaks of Houston; Mel Brass Custom Jewellers and
Gemologist of Barrie, Ontario; Orly Diamonds of Wilmington, Del.
; P. Church Jewelers of Chelmsford, Mass. ; Pan Jewelers of Paso
Robles, Calif. ; Phil Jewelers of Anderson, S. C. ; Princess
Jewels of Phoenix; Richters Diamonds and Fine Jewelry of
Londonderry, N. H. ; St. Lucie Jewelry of Port St. Lucie, Fla. ;
Thomas A. Davis Jeweler of Holland, Mich. ; Treasures Custom
Jewelers of Glendale, Ariz. ; Tyler’s Gold and Diamonds of
Manchester, Iowa; Vieux Carre Jewelers of New Orleans; and
Watchmakers Diamonds and Jewelry of Johnstown, Pa.