Crisis in the Gulf Hasn’t Hurt Jewelers…Yet

As the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico became the focus of media attention and citizen frustration, JCK talked to jewelers in the surrounding area to determine if the calamity has affected business. Yet even as the environmental disaster threatened beaches on the Gulf Coast, local retailers remain upbeat. In Mobile, Ala., Mary Hayes, owner of Hayes Jewelers, says business at her store is “better than last year.”“I’ve heard of the effects on all the people who have restaurants and vacation spots, but we haven’t seen that it’s affected us yet,” she says. “I’m optimistic that we’ll get this cleared up and the beaches will come back.” Hayes speculated the spill might even give the area an unexpected economic boost: “I did talk to a young man on one of the cleanup crews who’s making $300 a day. That will have a positive impact on the economy.” Others, however, a

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