There’s No Business Like (JCK Las Vegas) Show Business

Belts may have tightened but retailers and exhibitors are heading to Vegas ready to buy, sell, and schmoozeAs retailers and exhibitors pack up their wares and head to Las Vegas for jewelry market week, the excitement that comes with the annual journey is tempered by caution. With economic troubles abroad, inflation in China, and the rising cost of fuel here at home, retailers and manufacturers alike are hedging bets.After all, the Great Recession still looms large in the collective memory. And many store owners are contending with businesses that have changed irrevocably. Some have been pushed into lower price points or have turned to lower-cost materials. Those on stable ground are sticking to classics and tried-and-true sellers. The reckless abandon of the early 2000s feels like a distant dream; few retailers JCK spoke with say they’ll be willing to take risks. Still, a palpable sens

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