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8787 North Scottsdale Road Suite 116
Scottsdale, AZ, 85253
United States

480-607-4444

Elegant shop offering house-designed, one-of-a-kind gemstone and diamond jewelry, plus timepieces.

Thoughts from the Desk of Oliver Smith April 2018

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Oliver's watch and jewlery blog with the latest news and thoughts on the happenings in the industry, new products and more. 

Thoughts from the Desk of Oliver Smith April 2018

Nikki Ollive

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Happy Spring!


This past week Sprouts opened in our shopping center. We are very excited to have the pull of an anchor neighbor. Actually this is the first time we have been in a shopping center with an anchor for 35 years. Scottsdale is in another growth mode. The cycle continues! Please continue to support your local neighborhood stores and all they have to offer.

Many brands are starting to roll out boutiques. In the jewelry business this is a store that only sells one brand. This week I took over the Panerai Boutique in Aspen. For a life long skier this was a big day! Panerai and Oliver Smith have been great partners since the brand was introduced to the US in 1998. The boutique is in a beautiful building in the main shopping area. If you visit Aspen you have to come to the boutique and hangout on the 2nd floor, the view of Aspen mountain is incredible!

  

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Our store remodel is underway in Scottsdale. We will be adding bigger spaces for our brands, like this new Jaeger-LeCoultre case, and more seating for our clients.  

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Congratulations to Villanova for running the table in NCAA basketball! Those Catholics were never known for Bball when I grew up back in Philly. I do remember when they discontinued their football program in late 1970's, freshman Howie Long had to transfer to keep playing. 

25% of malls in US will close in 5 years, malls grew at twice the rate of the population from 1970-2015, according to Credit Suisse. 

How about all the 'for rent' bicycles in town. The city needs to study the best options to store the bikes as they are scattered all over town. As a cyclist, I never thought I would say they are an eye sore, but they are! Great idea, and I love to see people riding them, but it's out of control. 

Read a great book the other day, Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover. Also have been enjoyingThe Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson. The guy makes some important points! 

I sketched about 75 new designs and have put them into production this past quarter. Looking forward to showing you some of my new jewelry!  

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Congratulations to the SUSD Robotics Team as they head to the World Championships with the help of the Scottsdale Charros. 

Congratulations to Charro Jeff Meyer, the Chairman of Cactus League, for another successful season, Scottsdale people giving back!