Retailer News

OPENINGS

Cartier celebrated the opening of its new store in Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nev., in November. Cartier now has 153 stores worldwide (21 in the U.S.) and 9,500 authorized dealers.

Diane Christensen and Colleen Rafferty recently opened Christensen & Rafferty Fine Jewelry in San Mateo, Cal.

Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry opened a 1,500-sq.-ft. store in Jackson, Miss. The company also operates four stores in Louisiana and one in Alabama.

Littman Jewelers added new stores in Laurel, Md.; Sanford, Fla.; Rochester, N.Y.; Plantation, Fla.; Horseheads, N.Y.; and North Olmsted, Ohio.

Mednikow Jewelers opened a store in the Phipps Plaza shopping mall in Atlanta, Ga. The company also has a store in Memphis, Tenn.

New York Jewelers opened a new store at 11 N. Wabash in Chicago, Ill., to complement its existing store at 3 S. Wabash.

Windsor Jewelers has opened its doors on S. Stratford Rd. in Winston-Salem, N.C.

ANNIVERSARIES

Shreve, Crump & Low of Boston is celebrating its 200th anniversary this year. The company plans four events to mark the anniversary.

On April 13, the company will host a white-tie event incorporating Italian gold jewelry at the Isabella Stewart Museum. Plans call for cocktails and dinner in each of the museum’s six galleries, an operetta and a champagne toast at midnight. Proceeds will benefit music and conservation programs at the museum.

On April 26, the company will sponsor its third annual “Edible Feast of Artistically Designed Appetizers, Main Courses and Desserts” at its flagship store in Boston. Works by more than 25 Boston chefs will be presented. Proceeds will benefit a scholarship fund for inner city youths at the Art Institute of Boston.

In late fall, Shreve, Crump & Lowe’s historical archives will be featured in an exhibition at the Bostonian Society. It will include never-before-seen photographs, portraits, drawings and unique objects from 200 years at Shreve’s.

In the winter, the flagship store will present an exhibition of American silver, including the Davis Cup, the Cunard Cup and the Daniel Webster Cup.

RELOCATIONS

Barton-Clay jewelry store moved from Birmingham, Ala., to a new 10,000-sq.-ft. store at 2701 Cahaba Rd. in Mountain Brook, Ala.

Clarkson Jewelers of Ellisville, Mo., moved into a new 1,600-sq.-ft. store at 1306C Clarkson Clayton Center.

Craftsman Jewelers moved from Monroe to Ridgefield, Conn., and changed its name to Ridgefield Jewelers Inc.

A new Friedman’s Jewelers store opened in November in the Western Hills Mall, Birmingham, Ala. Friedman’s operated more than 230 stores at the end of 1995.

Wexler Jewelry of Houston, Tex., moved from Main and Rusk Streets to the River Oaks Plaza at 1562 W. Gray St.