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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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
His Coins at Museum Show U. S.: Commemorative Issues
Biographical article about Joseph Schmandt, an 83-year-old "retired jeweler of 2115 West [73rd Street Terrace], Johnson County, Kansas." Native of Germany emigrating to Kansas City in the early 1900s as...
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...
September 23-29, 2005
Feature story on Tivol Jewels which has a store on the Country Club Plaza, in Overland Park's Hawthorne Plaza and one due to open next year in Briarcliffe Village in the Northland. The company was founded...
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."...
A KC Gem
September 5, 2010
Interview, with photographs, of Harold Tivol, owner of Tivol jewelry stores. Tivol, who sold the company to his daughter, Cathy, continues as chairman of the board. Tivol discusses his family, his own...
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...
Obituary for Albert Ralls Wintermote, or Albert Wintermote, vice-president of Jaccards Jewelry stores, dying in 1952.
Benjamin Stiffelman Obituary
Obituary for Benjamin Stiffelman, founder and owner of B. Stiffelman & Son Wholesale Jewelers, dying at the age of 82 in 1966.
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.
Obituary for Jacob Mnookin, a founder of Diamant's jewelers in Kansas City, dying at the age of 74 on September 10, 1962.
Obituary for Joseph Silverforb, "64, who operated a drugstore at [55th Street] and Brookside road." Native Kansas Citian also former operator of a Downtown café and jewelry store.
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...
Obituary for Thomas Craig
February 9, 1960
Obituary for Thomas Craig, owner of a jewelry store for 35 years.
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...
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.
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