Posted on Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 at 9:44 am by David
David Mann Jeweler, 86 Main St., Geneseo, will celebrate its 60th anniversary in 2013.
The store "has touched many many lives in this area," said proprietor and Master Jeweler David Mann Cyrkin.
The Mann Family's jewelery legacy goes back nine generations, beginning in Toronto in 1919 when grandfather Jack Mann opened for business, offering jewelry and watchmaking services.
Jack's son Harold moved the store to Geneseo in 1953. Harold's daughter, Denise, and Cyrkin took over the business in 1989.
"I have learned one has to be willing to take chances, be open minded, be flexible and be willing to fail," Cyrkin told the retail industry trade publication instoremag.com, which noted the jeweler's milestone anniversary earlier this year.
The most important lessons Cyrkin said he has learned is simply "listening to your customers."
Cyrkin is a member of the Independent Jewelers Organization. In February, he attended a series of educational seminars, workshops and courses at the IJO's "Spring Buying & Seminar Conference" in Tampa, Fla. He was also able to preview the lines of more than 150 manufacturers and jewelry designers who exhibited their merchandise, some of which is exclusive to IJO Master Jeweler members. Cyrkin selected several items for the spring and summer season.
"Attending the IJO conference gives us a competitive edge over our competition by keeping up to date with what is currently going on in our industry," Cyrkin said.
IJO is an international buying group and educational organization of independent jewelers. The organization has almost 900 members worldwide.