My name is David and I am 44 and married with two children (9 and 11). I have made my living as an Electrician for the last twenty years and have always enjoyed working with my hands to create art and useful items. In 1995 I became interested in jewelry fabrication and got a few books and taught myself the basics of jewelry making.
This led to an apprenticeship with a local jeweler who taught me some bench techniques but more importantly he taught me about the retail jewelry trade. This gave me the confidence to start making custom jewelry and doing jewelry repairs as a side business to my electrical career. This side business has been successful and has also been a big help financially when electrical work was scarce.
In 2005 I was able to attend the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts in San Fransisco where I earned a jewelry technician diploma and also became certified as a bench jeweler technician by Jewelers of America. I then worked professionally as a bench jeweler and sometimes sales associate until 2007 when I returned to the electrical trade.
I have since been searching for the right opportunity to re-enter the jewelry trade and just such an opportunity has become available. This opportunity involves a successful retail jewelry store in a small town here in the midwest that has recently closed. This store has been in continuous operation under the same name and in the same building since 1890!
I have taken steps to begin the process of acquiring a lease and securing funding to reopen this retail store in the same building and under the same name.
However my knowledge of operating a retail jewely store is limited and I am going to need help with a variety of issues related to this endeavor. Let me thank the members of this forum for reading this post and also for any help that you may offer in the future.
I will post my questions and concerns in the Small Business General Business issues subforum.