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Chicago Smart Jewelry Show 2012

Every year we get to go to jewelry shows where we do our inventory purchasing. We usually go to one in Chicago and one in Las Vegas. I always go to the one in Las Vegas (which is awesome), but this year I went to Chicago. I LOVED Chicago!! Not only was the show phenomenal, but the city, the people, the food, the shopping, everything was amazing! I cannot wait to go back and do some more exploring.

The show is an amazing place that consists of learning new things, networking, and doing some shopping for new inventory! We spent our mornings in seminars and our afternoons looking for fantastic new pieces to bring home. The new lines we picked up will be featured in the next few blogs, so stay tuned!


Ok, I know the picture on the left isn’t that exciting… But that’s what the show floor looks like. The floor is lined with booths of every different kind of jewelry you can imagine. The picture on the right is a favorite of mine. How cool is it that you can see and touch so many different types of stones in one little area? Gemstones anyone?

We were honored to be one of America’s Coolest Stores in one of the jewelry industry’s most renowned magazines, Instore (also the host of this show). In this picture Lisa is on a panel with 3 others discussing customer service.



I’m not even kidding when I say this is one of the BEST restaurants I have ever eaten at!!! We literally had lunch here everyday. The view is incredible, the food is SO delicious, and the people were the kindest! It’s called Riva on the Navy Pier.. if you’re in Chicago check it out, and try the Crab Cake sandwich! ps. The fries were spectacular.


For fun we shopped the Magnificent Mile (which was truly magnificent)! We came home with some goodies. The weather was not so nice almost the whole time, but finally, on the last day the sun was shining! So Lisa and I went on the Ferris wheel, and were able to see gorgeous views of the city!

Last picture.. We’re outta here Chi-City! Thanks for the good times!

All in all, the trip was great! Stay tuned for those new pieces of jewelry… There are some FANTASTIC picks! And also, stay tuned for pictures from the Las Vegas show…


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