Sure it’s a new year but what’s changed in your life? A lot of us are setting goals and making plans for the New Year but there are things that we can’t necessarily make happen. Maybe you’ve noticed that a relationship has already blossomed in your life that you weren’t even looking for. Love just has a unique way of working in our lives and we don’t always see it coming. (more…)
When the Swiss corner the market on something, they know how to keep a death grip on it. We won’t get into cheese or knives or offshore bank accounts today, but we can definitely tell you why Swiss-made watches have for so long been the “it” watches.
Let’s skip the long history lesson and jump to the no-yawn version: The Swiss pioneered watch-making, proved to be the best at it as far back as the 16th century, and have nailed the highest standards ever since. They’ve also had a big hand in creating and driving new timekeeping tech over the years, such as self-winding watches and electronic quartz watches.
But let’s be honest. It’s also about James Bond.
You know he takes his martinis shaken, not stirred, but did you know 007 takes his watches from Switzerland, not Japan? Actually, there was a stretch between The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and Octopussy (1983) when he wore Seiko, but that era was a departure from authentic Bond. And, no, that’s not just opinion talking. In his book, author Ian Fleming specifically wrote a Swiss watch onto the wrist of his iconic character (as if his daily conquests and fantastic gadgetry hadn’t made it obvious Bond was private-jet material). By the time Casino Royale hit the screen in 2006, James was wearing another brand of Swiss watch, the Omega. He even name-dropped the brand during the movie.
Easily half the watches we carry are Swiss-made, but we didn’t stack our inventory that way to pay tribute to Bond. We truly hold in high esteem the brand legacy of the Swiss when it comes to keeping time. By “brand legacy,” we don’t mean merely the legacy of luxury brands like Omega, one of the world’s most recognized names. Nor are we talking only of other classic, high-end brands like Tavannes and Rado, whose histories go back a good century. We’re talking about the Swiss watchmakers’ ethic, in general, which over time has become a brand unto itself. We trust it.
If you’re experiencing Daylight Saving Time rage every time you look at your watch in the mornings lately, we’ve got an idea: How about a nice, new Swiss watch to break the time to you gently? Purchasing a James Bond–worthy watch pretty much says you’ve arrived.
Do you think Bing Crosby rolls over in his grave every time “Silver Bells” gets piped over a store’s loudspeaker in September? It’s always a race this time of year to see which arrives first: a frost advisory or a catalog of Christmas tchotchkes. But taking care of holiday shopping right now isn’t as chestnuts as it might seem. Look at all this stuff between September 1 and January 1: (more…)
For more than 80 years, the Goodmans’ name has been synonymous with community and philanthropy. Our store’s founders, the brothers Goodman, gave and gave generously to this great community. We believe a great way to honor that legacy is to nurture others who give generously. As we celebrate our Founders’ Day next month, we’re doing just that.
Recently American Greetings hit an advertising home run with this viral video about being a Mom. They weren’t the first to call motherhood the toughest job in the world. But the comparison used to use job in the sense of toiling. Lately—as you’ll see in the ad—it’s been job in the sense of employment. Salary.com even has a study showing what wages mom would receive if she were paid fairly for being some sort of 17-armed, 6-headed combination of accountant, chef, psychologist, chauffeur, housekeeper, nurse, and so on. (more…)
What a great 80 years Goodman’s Jewelers has had as part of the Madison Community. 80 years could mean something different for anyone or anything. It could take 80 years for some trees to reach their full maturity. 80 years is how long the BBC has been broadcasting internationally. Some couples even make it to their 80th wedding anniversary – a tribute to the belief in permanent love!
We spent the past few months talking about memories and asking our customers to share their “Moments that Mattered” with us. We heard from countless folks about the moment the engagement ring appeared, we heard stories of wedding day bliss marked with the gold or platinum rings that tied the couple together and, we heard about the surprise on Christmas morning of a diamond pendant hanging from the Christmas Tree. These are great memories that will always be cherished.
Now, we look towards the next 80 years and what it will mean to be Madison’s jeweler through the rest of the century. Running a business in a community is more than just opening up a shop and selling something. It means joining forces with other businesses to help build the community. It means giving back the community that gives us so much. It means caring for and nurturing the younger generation that will soon be pushing our community forward.
We want to thank the three Madison area non-profits that allowed us to give back to them during our 80th Anniversary: Goodman’s Community Center, Gio’s Garden and Coaches vs. Cancer Wisconsin. Because of our great customers, we raised $3,195 for those three organizations. But we aren’t done yet.
Jewelers for Children is holding a fantastic campaign to give 10 organizations $10,000 in the form of a grant. We put the American Family Children’s Hospital into the mix for this competitive grant! You can help get that $10,000 for our local children’s hospital by heading to the JFC Facebook page starting Oct. 15th and voting! Help us help this great organization! Vote often…and let’s keep our community strong for another 80 years!
For 80 years, Goodman’s Jewelers has been serving our friends and neighbors in Madison. When Irwin and Bob Goodman opened in 1933, they set out to offer the best jewelry at affordable prices from people you could trust. The store has remained a fixture on State Street, in its original location since Irwin visited Madison for a track event and noticed the store was for sale.
In 1998, I bought the store from the Goodman’s. I started working here in 1983 as part of the sales team and have never had a desire to leave. I wanted to continue the Goodman’s tradition of creating timeless jewelry that would last forever and create memories that could never be taken away. Just like the Goodman’s Brothers, I have a sense of civic pride for Madison and could never imagine a downtown State Street without the Goodman’s name being seen in the 200 block.
We are celebrating 80 years of serving Madison. And we want you to be part of this special celebration! Many of you have created memories with jewelry from Goodman’s or maybe your parents or grandparents did. We want to hear from you and share that story with everyone. Plus, we are giving away a fantastic Past, Present and Future Diamond Ring valued at $2,100.00 to the person whose story touches us all!
And join us Oct. 4th and 5th for the 80th Anniversary Celebration! We will be giving 8% of sales back to 3 local charities. Customers making purchases during the event will have the opportunity to pick the Goodman Community Center, Gio’s Garden, or Coaches vs Cancer WI!
Figuring out a way to surprise her was going to be hard. She was with me when I started shopping for an engagement ring and that was probably one of the smartest decisions I made…other than asking her to spend the rest of my life with me. I knew she wanted something unique, something different that really stood out, just like she stood out for me when we started dating. I wanted that ring to remind her every day of my love and devotion.
When we got to Goodman’s Jewelers, she spent a lot of time searching out the diamond style, from a Cordova to Whitehouse Brothers to something from the Naledi Collection. They were all fantastic diamonds and she was certain there was a unique engagement ring for her. She offered some ideas and, at some point, without her around, I went back to Goodman’s and they helped me wow the woman of my dreams! Goodman’s made her ring something that is so very special, taking several of her ideas, creating a unique ring that I felt was exactly what she wanted. What they created was amazing…something I had never seen.
But, the tougher part would be when to give it to her!
Christmas was right around the corner. I knew her. I knew she would expect it Christmas morning. We had opened all the presents and turned to the stockings where she smirked, thinking the ring was inside hers. But, it wasn’t. I left a brand new iPod Shuffle in there. I could see the disappointment in her eyes until she looked at my eyes and then my hands and saw the ring there.
Tell us your Story Behind the Moment! Creating remarkable memories for generations of customers…the diamond store of Madison, the best is at Goodman’s!