Some people say that only diamonds last forever, but much like Twinkies in a vacuum-sealed bag, Samuels Jewelers is giving the sparklers some stiff competition. Soon after it was established on Market Street in San Francisco in 1891, the store earned itself the nickname "the house of lucky wedding rings"?legend said that if a couple married with one of Albert Samuels' rings, they would be married for all time.
But it wasn't just this legend that set Albert apart, it was his old-fashioned decency and stellar customer service. According to one story, when Albert discovered that one of his clients had been accidentally charged for a repair job, he did whatever he could to rectify the mistake. Because he didn't know her name, he resorted to taking out an ad in the San Francisco Chronicle to apologize and ask her to come back to pick up her dollar. Today, Samuels Jewelers may have various stores across the country, but it aims to stay true to those same values.
Cedar Park Jewelry owner George Poe has worked with fine jewelry for more than 30 years. He and his team of skilled jewelers craft custom pieces at his shop, located in the Railyard shopping center. They also meticulously perform services that range from resetting gems in rings to repairing watches for white rabbits that are late for very important dates. An aquarium and comfortable seating lend the shop a pleasant, inviting ambiance.
The display cases at Marc Robinson Jewelers - Treasures Custom Jewelry sparkle with gemstones, worked into everything from intricate rings to statement watches and chains. That gleam has attracted clients seeking one-of-a-kind accessories, including professional athletes and famous rappers. Visitors can browse new and pre-owned watches from brands such as Gucci and Rolex, or trade in gold, platinum, and diamonds in exchange for cash or some nice compliments from a jeweler.
The brand American Apparel, which recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary, conjures up images of stylish and well-fitting fashion basics. It also likely brings to mind sassy advertisements featuring long-haired beauties in natural makeup posing in skin-bearing bodysuits and loungewear.
But what many don't know about the brand?despite its name and the slice of apple pie that comes with every purchase?is that all of its clothes are made in America. Everything from sewing and cutting to accounting and marketing happens in one building in downtown Los Angeles, and the rest occurs within a 30-mile radius. Not only that, every slim-fitting pair of pants, spandex bodysuit, and v-neck T-shirt is made in a sweatshop-free environment.
Plus, keeping everything in house means the company eliminates unnecessary and wasteful factors, such as shipping fuel and packing materials, as well as provides jobs to Angelenos, instead of outsourcing them.
Austinites love fashion, but they also love fair, sustainable business practices. The sleek, modernist South Congress location of American Apparel appeals to both of these concerns and more, with its well-made, well-designed products. Known for their iconic, sometimes-risqué ads, American Apparel provides simple daily basics for men, women and children, as well as their line of California Select vintage items. Not only does American Apparel manufacture their products in the United States and pay their employees a fair wage, they are one of the few companies able to actually export American-made clothing. Their manufacturing process integrates a number of green and energy-saving aspects, which combine to make them one of the most forward-thinking fashion chains in the nation.
Austin Shoe Hospital's expert menders have repaired men's and women's shoes and boots since 1906. Old, comfortable footwear gains renewed life at the shop with replaced heels and soles, saving patrons from outfitting old pumps with cardboard-box bottoms. Additionally, the cobblers skillfully repair luggage, handbags, belts, and briefcases with services ranging from zipper replacement to full dyeing and reconditioning.