Thinking Outside the (Jewelry) Box

In Memphis, Tenn., jewelry stores are like gas stations—"there's one on every corner"—according to Steve Ballin, partner, King Furs & Fine Jewelry. So when this purveyor of luxurious coats diversified into fine jewelry 13 years ago, it relied on its fur customers for many initial purchases. "People trusted us for fur coats for so long that they figured they could trust us for jewelry, too," recalls Ballin of King's first foray into jewels. But jewelry and furs weren't always on this family's retail agenda. The Ballins and their partner, Michael Frankel, bought King's Furs—a community fixture since 1947—from a family friend in 1985. Warmer weather in Memphis and the recession of the early 1990s cut into sales, though, and the business had to adapt. To make up for lost revenues, the retailer added fine jewelry and changed its name to King Furs & Fine Jewelry. Jewelry natu

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