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Country Club Plaza
Obituary for Charles S. Craven
April 22, 1955
Obituary for Charles S. Craven, a diamond merchant in Kansas City for 47 years, dying at the age of 85.
Deaths: Merrill S. Postma
Obituary for Merrill Postma, "59, president-elect of the board of the Ozanam Home for Boys," with residence at 4324 Belleview Avenue. Born in Wathena, Kansas and coming to Kansas City about 1916 before...
A Case as Cold as Ice
August 31, 2013
Article covers the inactive investigation of the Vinca Jewelry heist on September 6, 2010. Simon Zouein, the owner of the shop, is interviewed and expresses his dissatisfaction with the Kansas City Police...
Obituary for Albert Ralls Wintermote, or Albert Wintermote, vice-president of Jaccards Jewelry stores, dying in 1952.
Jewelers Move South with Other Retailers, Customers
Retrospective article detailing the history of the jewelry business in Kansas City.
Obituary for Thomas Craig
February 9, 1960
Obituary for Thomas Craig, owner of a jewelry store for 35 years.
Tivol Marks Century Milestone
January 1, 2010
Article profiles Tivol jewelers of Kansas City, a company celebrating its 100th-year anniversary. The business was founded in 1910 by Jewish immigrant Charles Tivol. It is currently headed by CEO Cathy...
Silver & Gold: Her Art Reflects the Stuff Robyn Nichols is Made Of
January 15, 2006
Feature article on local artist Robyn Nichols who does her art with silver and gold metals, specializing in jewelry. "Her disigns are in national museums, in the homes of Kansas City personalities and...
Benjamin Stiffelman Obituary
Obituary for Benjamin Stiffelman, founder and owner of B. Stiffelman & Son Wholesale Jewelers, dying at the age of 82 in 1966.
Business that began in Basement is Being Sold for $650 Million
July 13, 2010
Article about how Bonnie Kelly and Teresa Walsh built a home-based business, Silpada Designs which sells silver jewelry through home parties, into an enterprise with $230 million a year in revenues. Avon...
Thornton Jason Manry
Obituary for Thornton Jason Manry, or Thornton Manry, retired owner of the Green Jewelry Company and a former vice-president and director of the Starlight Theater Association, dying at the age of 75 on...
Repp Heiress's Jewels Taken
Biographical article about "Mrs. Winifrede Repp Railey [or Winifrede Railey] of Kansas City, staying at the Royal hotel" in Copenhagen, Denmark as "the victim Saturday of what is reported to be Denmark's...
Deaths: Jaccard Rites
Photo and obituary for Walter Jaccard, "84, of 4545 Wornall, honorary board chairman of the Jaccard Jewelry Company" and president since 1956 of the company founded by his uncles in 1888.
Allen J. Swanson Dies: He Was a Sportsman though an Invalid
Photo and obituary for Allen Swanson, or Swede Swanson, "59 years old, who became a well-known sportsman ["trapshooter"] in Greater Kansas City even though he was confined to a wheel chair most of his...
Tiffany Heads Back to Plaza
March 13, 2004
After a 20-year absence, Tiffany and Company, the New York jewelry retailer, designer, manufacturer, and distributor founded in 1837, returns to the Country Club Plaza. It will locate in the northeast...
The '60s Turn 50
Pictures and review of downtown buildings built in the 1960s including the headquarters for the Kansas City School District at 12th and McGee (also former home the Kansas City Public Library from 1960-2004);...
The New 10-Story Hotel for Twelfth and McGee Streets
Illustration and caption about the new 10-story Mercer Hotel at 12th and McGee Streets in 1912, "erected by J. R. Mercer of the Mercer Jewelry Company" and designed by architects "Kurfiss & Michaelis."...
CEO Was Devoted to Giving
November 2, 2004
Obituary article about Jeffrey W. Comment, chairman and chief executive officer of Helzberg Diamonds. He died October 30, 2004. Comment joined Helzberg Diamonds as president in 1988 and ''put in the infrastructure...
Jewelry Takes Its Shape from Salvage Metals
Photo and biographical article about William Philyaw III, a 28-year-old "artist-sculptor-designer" of metal jewelry after graduating from the Kansas City Art Institute.
The Pop-Up Trail
October 25-31, 2012
Article describes the trend of pop-up stores in Kansas City. The story of Jessica Rogers, a pop-up clothing and jewelry retailer, is highlighted. Rogers describes the negative reaction to pop-up retailers...
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