In the August issue of Instore Magazine, JB Hudson Jewelers was named fourth-place winner in the “America’s Coolest Stores” competition. This is the seventh year of the contest presented by the national magazine, which is targeted specifically at American jewelry store owners.
This year’s contest featured a first-ever split in categories: “Big Cool” for stores with 11 or more full-time employees, and “Small Cool” for stores with 10 or fewer. From a record total of 117 entries, 15 finalists per category were selected by Instore’s editors. Eight industry-expert judges per category provided the top five picks in each category. Judges rated stores in five categories: story, exterior appearance, interior appearance, advertising and marketing, and overall individuality. JB Hudson Jewelers took the fourth-place prize in the “Big Cool” category.
Architect Angus Goble, President of Angus Goble, LLC, a practice focusing on specialty glass and innovative facade design, and one of the judges in this year’s America’s Coolest Stores competition, stated regarding JB Hudson, “This was my favorite! A stylish and classy interior with great attention to detail, materials, and the integration of design elements. The store also has a beautiful exterior. It soars effortlessly.”
Shea, Inc.—a marketing and design firm integrating expertise in marketing, architecture, and interior design—provided design solutions for JB Hudson as it prepared to relocate, after 78 years, from the Downtown Macy’s store to its new location in the Historic Young Quinlan Building. Shea worked to preserve the historic structural elements found in the Young Quinlan building, and incorporated the classic chandeliers and original jewelry cases that had been in JB Hudson’s former location since it opened in 1929.
JB Hudson Jewelers
901 Nicollet Mall, Mpls.