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Creative Ideas for The PERFECT Engagement! Tip 2

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Christmas Eve is the biggest single day of the year for popping the big question! Are YOU getting engaged over the holidays or know someone who is?

We’re sharing some creative engagement ideas to help in the planning of YOUR big moment!

TIP #2: Spell it out with Christmas ornaments — we love this idea from www.howheasked.com.  Using alphabet ornaments, spell out the words “Marry Me” on a tree at the cutting farm or tree lot:

At American Jewelry and Loan, we have the beautiful bridal jewelry you’re looking for–buy it with our easy financing, protect it with our Lifetime Care Plan!

Stop by one of our THREE Metro Detroit stores to view our unmatched selection of bridal jewelry including GIA Certified stones. Ask about our custom designs using the latest 3-D CAD technology. Looking to buy online? Send an email to our ecommerce team with your specifications and we’ll connect you to one of our Certified Gemologists.

 

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Creative Ideas for The PERFECT Engagement! Tip 1

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Christmas Eve is the biggest single day of the year for popping the big question! Are YOU getting engaged over the holidays or know someone who is?

We’re sharing some creative engagement ideas to help in the planning of YOUR big moment!

TIP #1: Make it Merry and BRIGHT — use christmas lights to spell out the big question. Check out this YouTuber who used the decorations to get into the spirit (she said YES!):

At American Jewelry and Loan, we have the beautiful bridal jewelry you’re looking for–buy it with our easy financing, protect it with our Lifetime Care Plan!

Stop by one of our THREE Metro Detroit stores to view our unmatched selection of bridal jewelry including GIA Certified stones. Ask about our custom designs using the latest 3-D CAD technology. Looking to buy online? Send an email to our ecommerce team with your specifications and we’ll connect you to one of our Certified Gemologists.

 

Northern Michigan Adventure: Search for a hidden treasure

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The following is a summary from our staff member Michael, who is a part of our workforce diversity program.

Northern Michigan can be a mystery to some people, even to southern Michiganders, but even more so Michigan’s Upper Peninsula can be a mysterious place. While Michigan is world reknown for being an Automotive state, an industrial state, and now a rust belt state, its history as a Mining state is largely forgotten. Tucked away in the North Western corner of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is the Keweenaw Peninsula, jetting off into Lake Superior. The Keweenaw region at one time produced more copper than anywhere else on earth, earning it the nickname Copper Country. A name that sticks to this day. Today it refers more the State and National parks that preserve its Copper Mining history rather than one of the richest boomtown stories in history.

During the Great Depression the Keweenaw Peninsula of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula had fallen on hard times. Because of this it was one of the first regions in the United States to receive the aid of the newly commissioned WPA (Workers Progress Administration). The WPA in the Keweenaw, built many needed infrastructure projects. They built highway 41, schools, irrigation, replanting of forests and more. Curiously though among the many projects they made 3 stone boat statues out of scrap construction materials. The purpose of the stone boats today isn’t exactly clear as their existence has faded from people’s memory. Even more so, what inspired them to be built in the first place.

The boats are constructed to look like warships. Stones stacked and cemented together form the body and walls of the boats, features such as gun barrels and smoke stacks are formed out of scrap metal pipes and tubes which are nestled into the cement that holds the boat structure together. In the 1930s brand new the boats must of looked amazing.

Today two of the stone boats can still be found in the Keweenaw and in relatively good condition. One boat is located near town of Kearsarge along side U.S. 41. It has been made into a Veteran’s Memorial site which allows it regular upkeep. The second boat is located in a neighborhood north of Calumet named Centennial Heights. It rests in a small neighborhood park. Where the neighborhood’s homes now stand surrounding this small park, a school once stood adjacent to it. The park formerly being the school’s playground. We can only imagine the epic adventures kids of that school must have had while playing on the stone boat during recess.

The third stone boat though it would seem hasn’t been so fortunate. Infact to many locals it is practically forgotten and lost. While records pertaining to the stone boats are scarce, a determined few have pieced together the available information to find the third boat’s location in the woods. It was recently rediscovered and its ruins verified. It is located in the woods off of U.S. 41. Instead of seeing a boat at this site, we now see a pile of rubble consumed by the surrounding trees, bushes and grasses. The bow of the boat forms a pile of rubble, going back from there once can see constructed stone walls, just like those of the other boats that form the boat’s stern. Where metal pipes once formed the boat’s guns and smokestacks we now have branches of trees and bushes piercing and growing over its stone hull. Reasons for it’s state of disrepair are at this time uncertain. Some feel that the harsh weather and lack of maintenance was enough to destroy it, others speculate vandalism. While we aren’t certain of the exact cause, we can be certain a lack of attention lead it to its fate. At some point between the 1930s and the present day, the course of U.S. 41 was altered and put space between the boat and the highway. This separation may have lead to its lack of visibility and cost it the attention it would desperately need in the years to come for it to survive like it’s siblings have. For now we don’t know what the future holds for the third boat’s ruins, but we can be certains that they will remain sitting silently in the woods off U.S. 41.

 

Grow Your Business Through Networking with Crain's Detroit & Seth Gold!

Crain’s Detroit: (Webinar) How to grow your business through networking

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From Facebook to face-to-face meetings, a robust network of connections can be the most practical strategy for growth. Learn from master networkers and small business experts about how they use LinkedIn and the rest of their social media web, as well as those pre-event “networking” hours to help them succeed. Click HERE to register now: http://www.crainsdetroit.com/custom/webinar/3472035/how-to-grow-your-business-through-networking
Panelists:

Seth Gold
Reality TV Star and Vice President
American Jewelry and Loan
Seth Gold is a fourth-generation pawnbroker who was named the 2013 Pawnbroker of the Year. The television show “Hardcore Pawn,” which was based at his family’s Detroit business, American Jewelry and Loan, is now syndicated in more than 50 countries.
Jill Ford
Head of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
City of Detroit
As Mayor Mike Duggan’s Special Advisor, Jill Ford heads the City of Detroit’s innovation and entrepreneurship initiatives. Ford chose to come to Detroit from the San Francisco Bay Area, where as an angel Investor and advisor she transformed emerging businesses using strategies forged in mobile gaming.
Maxcel Hardy
Chef
River Bistro Detroit
After two decades in Miami and New York, Chef Max Hardy recently returned home to open three restaurants in his native Detroit, including River Bistro, a Caribbean-Soul restaurant, Coop, opening in November, and Honey, his flagship restaurant scheduled to open next summer.
Kris Marshall
President & CEO
Winning Futures
Kris Marshall is President & CEO of Winning Futures, a school-based mentoring program. In 1994, Marshall was in the first student group to participate in Winning Futures in the Warren Consolidated School District; Sam Cupp, the program’s founder, was her personal mentor.

 

Inside the CEO Mind at American Jewelry & Loan

Inside the CEO Mind

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On September 19, 2017, business leaders from across the region gathered at American Jewelry and Loan’s Detroit store for a sold-out event Inside the CEO Mind hosted by the Detroit Regional Chamber. Les and Seth Gold shared stories from their unique journey and how facing their fears has led to hardcore success. Learn more about upcoming Chamber events at www.detroitchamber.com.

 

DBusiness: Seth Gold Named to 30 in Their 30’s Class of 2017

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[Excerpted from From DBusiness Magazine]: It might surprise regular viewers of the popular Hardcore Pawn on truTV, but when Seth Gold was growing up, we wasn’t keen about what his dad did for a living … but he wanted to promote greater understanding of how the industry works. For starters, he says, the business is a financial institution. It’s about making loans, not buying jewelry, vehicles, or equipment.

“When you break it down, there are 25 million people in the US who don’t have access to the traditional banking system,” Gold says. “What I want to do is inform them about what their options are to make ends meet.”

Read the full article in the September/October edition of DBusiness magazine, on newsstands now.

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Seth Gold Named to DBusiness Magazine’s List: 30 in Their 30’s

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DBusiness magazine has named 30 of Detroit’s most dynamic business leaders to their annual 30 in Their Thirties list.
American Jewelry and Loan is proud to announce that Seth Gold is a member of the class of 2017.

Read more at www.dbusiness.com.

Join Seth alongside his father at their iconic Detroit store on Tuesday, September 19th at Inside the CEO Mind hosted by Detroit Regional Chamber.

Inside the CEO Mind at American Jewelry and Loan

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When making his first sale at 7 years old in his grandfather’s pawnshop, Les Gold could’ve never predicted that, alongside his son Seth with whom he operates American Jewelry and Loan, he would someday be one of the most widely-recognized family business owners in the world thanks to a television show, Hardcore Pawn, now shown in over 52 countries around the globe.
Attendees will hear stories of their amazing journey–told from the floor of their now-iconic Detroit store. The Detroit Regional Chamber invites you to come and take a trip inside the minds of this father-and-son team and how facing their fears has led to hardcore success.

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