GLENS FALLS, New York; March 19, 2017 – Northeastern Fine Jewelry today welcomed the community to celebrate the grand opening of its new store in downtown Glens Falls with a formal ribbon cutting ceremony.
New York State Senator Betty Little joined Northeastern Fine Jewelry owner Val Bleser, Vice President Gregg Kelly and officials from the Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce to officially open the doors to the 2,500-square-foot store, located at 167 Glen Street in the building formerly occupied by Scoville Jewelers.
The Glens Falls store marks the third greater Capital Region location for Northeastern Fine Jewelry, which also maintains storefronts on Western Avenue in Albany and Union Street in Schenectady.
“We are excited to expand our upstate presence with this new location in Glens Falls while maintaining the tradition of a family-owned jeweler in the downtown community,” said Ray Bleser, owner and founder of Northeastern Fine Jewelry. “We look forward to meeting the community and being a part of those special life milestones and memories for local residents.”
The celebration will continue with a preview party and reception open to the public this evening from 5 to 7 p.m. The first 100 guests will each receive a $25 gift card to Northeastern Fine Jewelry.
The preview party will also feature a special appearance by Jonathan Goldsmith, who for ten years portrayed “The Most Interesting Man in the World” in the popular marketing campaign for Dos Equis. Additionally, guests will enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and refreshments.
The Glens Falls store will offer a wide variety of premier jewelry brands, including Hearts on Fire, Forevermark, Charles Krypell, Tacori, Simon G, Michele, and Phillips House, amongst others.
Additionally, Northeastern Fine Jewelry will serve as the exclusive retailer within New York of CS DESIGNS, original jewelry designed by Chris Scoville and former owner of M.C. Scoville Jewelers, Inc. All customers with Scoville Diamond Warranties will continue to receive complimentary cleanings and inspections at Northeastern Fine Jewelry.
Noah Illinski will serve as manager of the Glens Falls location, a role responsible for oversight of the store’s sales, support and five staff members. Illinski, who has served as a store manager with Northeastern Fine Jewelry since 2015, has more than a decade of high-end customer service retail experience, and previously served as assistant general manager at Giorgio Armani. He holds credentials from the American Gem Society and a master’s certificate from Omega Watch Group.
Northeastern Fine Jewelry has also appointed Jennifer Carusone to the position of sales associate at the Glens Falls store. A native of South Glens Falls, Carusone previously worked for Scoville Jewelers and has a decade of experience in the jewelry business. She has been recognized for outstanding service on numerous occasions by Hearts on Fire, a leading global designer of luxury-branded diamonds and diamond jewelry.
The new Glens Falls location will be open six days a week, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursdays; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.
Founded by Bleser in 1980, Northeastern Fine Jewelry began as the Northeastern Coin Gallery with 1,200 square feet of showroom space on Upper Union Street in Schenectady. Five years later, Bleser turned his focus to fine jewelry and rebranded the business to its current incarnation.
For more information about Northeastern Fine Jewelry, visit www.nefj.com.
About Northeastern Fine Jewelry
Northeastern Fine Jewelry is the largest independently owned jeweler in the Capital Region. Northeastern Fine Jewelry is recognized as one of the Leading Jewelers of the World® and in 2006-2012 was voted “Best Jeweler” of the Capital Region due to its reputation for quality jewelry and customer service as well as its charitable and civic involvement. For more information about Northeastern Fine Jewelry, visit its website www.nefj.com or call 518-372-3604.
*Please see attached photos from today’s ribbon cutting.*
Ribbon Cutting: New York State Senator Betty Little and Glens Falls Mayor Jack Diamond joins representatives from Northeastern Fine Jewelry and local officials for a ribbon cutting ceremony at the new Northeastern Fine Jewelry store at 167 Glen Street in Glens Falls, NY on Thursday, March 16. The Glens Falls store marks the third greater Capital Region location for Northeastern Fine Jewelry. From left to right: Candice Frye, Director at Larac and Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce (ARCC) Ambassador; Holly DeKleine, Director of Sales at Streamlined Graphics and ARCC Ambassador; Andrew Castrantas, Corporate Account Manager for Adirondack Technical Solutions and ARCC Ambassador; Bill Batkay, ARCC Board Member; Bob Sears, ARCC Board Member; Glens Falls Mayor Jack Diamond; Karley Hoffman, Manager of the Health Authority Ambassadors and ARCC Ambassador; New York State Senator Betty Little; Gregg Kelly, Vice President of Northeastern Fine Jewelry; Val Bleser, Owner of Northeastern Fine Jewelry; Noah Illinski, Northeastern Fine Jewelry Glens Falls Store Manager; Sarah Otto, Northeastern Fine Jewelry Sales Associate; Cindy Tyler, Northeastern Fine Jewelry Sales Associate; Jennifer Carusone, Northeastern Fine Jewelry Sales Associate; Susy Garcia Johnson of Hearts on Fire; and Marisa Joseph, Community Relations Specialist for Fidelis Care NY and ARCC Ambassador.
Interior: The interior of Northeastern Fine Jewelry’s newest location in downtown Glens Falls is showcased during a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the store’s official grand opening on Thursday, March 16. The 2,500-square-foot-store, located at 167 Glen Street, marks the third greater Capital Region location for Northeastern Fine Jewelry. The store will host a preview party, open to the public, on March 16 from 5 to 7 p.m.
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