Linda Hunter started her jewelry career in the early 1970s as a single mother and college student, selling turquoise and silver Native American jewelry out of a shoebox along the roads of Montana. Today, Hunter owns Johannes Hunter Jewelers, an AGS guild store in downtown Colorado Springs, Colo., with annual sales between $4 million and $5 million. Hunter opened her first shop in Montana in 1976. Over the years, she moved her business from Montana to Idaho to Colorado in search of better markets and better locations. She settled in Colorado Springs in 1988, and the company has prospered. The store's staff includes two gemologists and one gemologist in training. In 2004, Johannes Hunter Jewelers was named the area's best jewelry store by the Colorado Springs Business Journal. In an exclusive interview with JCK, Hunter discussed some key strategies behind her store's growth and success.