The holiday season is here and we’ve got you covered with three great jewelry designer trunk shows. We’re getting things started this weekend with our friend and jewelry designer extraordinaire Vicente Agor who has just released his new collection called “Swell”. This collection is really stunning and very appropriately named. This holiday, we think it’s all about letting it shine and we think that this collection epitomizes that. It’s a bit retro with a modern age – think Great Gatsby and the art deco period – think red carpet understated elegance – think beautiful black and white gems highlighted with gold – and you’ll start to get a feel for what the Swell collection is all about! Friday, December 6 – Sunday, December 8.
I have to admit that I’ve never been much of a Black Friday shopper. Don’t like the crowds. Don’t like the pushing and shoving. Don’t really care for the madness. Small Business Saturday on the other hand is something different because it supports retailers who are really trying to do their own thing — creating things, creating value, creating long-lasting customer relationships. Having said all of this, I like a great offer just as much as the next person and love the buzz of the holiday season. This year, Max’s is going to kick off the holiday shopping season with a special opportunity between Friday and Sunday that goes like this:
Spend $100 or more at one time (sorry, no combining of sales across the weekend) and enter a drawing to win one of the following:
1. A $100 Max’s gift card
2. A $75 Max’s gift card and box of chocolate-covered-sea-salt-sprinkled caramels from V Chocolates (yes, “those caramels!)
3. One of 3 gift packages that includes $25 worth of chocolates and a $25 Max’s gift card
So, how about shopping “small” with us this weekend and wrapping up all of your holiday shopping (maybe with some of these fabulous “wrap” bracelets!)
Max’s online store is open for business! After 7 1/2 years, we thought that it was time to change things up a bit — we’re now inviting you to shop online with us as well as in the store! We know that plenty of you like to do your scouting and research after hours from the comfort of your home (are you sitting on the couch right now?) and while we love nothing more than seeing you in the store, we realize that many of your want to buy it when you see it and may not be able to get into the store. Since the holiday shopping season is upon us, we couldn’t think of a more perfect time to launch the new site.
I’m sure you can appreciate that it takes a lot of time to add all of our products to the website. We’re working on it constantly, so please check back often to see what’s new. At the outset, we’re focused on our jewelry items, but you’ll be able to add home/gift products to your shopping soon and we’re working on the chocolates. As always, you can call us or send us an email to add additional products to your order.
We’re really excited about this! I hope you that you like the new website as much as I do — and I’d love to hear from you. In the meantime, let’s go shopping!
Twin Cities, meet Detroit. Detroit, meet the Twin Cities.
I’m incredibly excited to announce that Max’s will be representing Shinola, a new company based in my hometown of Detroit. Taking their name from the shoeshine manufacturer of the early 20th century, the new era of Shinola launched in fall of 2011. They partnered with Ronda, a world class Swiss movement manufacturer, to help them build a state-of-the-art watchmaking factory in Detroit, and then trained Detroit locals on the delicate process of movement and watch assembly. As makers of watches, leather goods, journals, and bicycles, they celebrate the beauty of industry and investment in the American workforce.
If you know us already, you know that Max’s prides itself on representing artists who both design and produce their work. I knew, therefore, that Shinola would be a great fit for Max’s when I saw their commitment to domestic production. Shinola’s men’s and women’s watches, including the movements, are fully assembled in Detroit. Their bicycles are also assembled in Detroit, using handcrafted, lightweight steel frames out of Waterford, Wisconsin. Their premium leather is produced by Horween, one of the longest continuously operational tanneries in America, and their journals are made in Ann Arbor, Michigan (GO BLUE!!!)
Now for the personal part of the story. I was born in Detroit and grew up in the surrounding suburbs. Max’s is named for my grandfather, who owned Max’s Jewelry Company for 54 years in Hamtramck, Michigan, a city within Detroit’s borders. I have watched the continued challenges in Detroit with much sadness, and cheer on every bit of good news that comes from the city. It is with utmost sincerity I say that Shinola is a very bright spot in the Motor City; I really do believe they are poised to do great things for my hometown. But beyond that, their American-made watches are simply gorgeous, featuring all high quality components and a classic design. I think you’ll love them just as much as I do.
Oh, one other thing — when I first looked on Shinola’s website and saw that the their watch factory is just down the street from Hamtramck, it put a big smile on my face.
Some things are just meant to be.
Everyone loves a wedding, right? We believe that love is always in style and, to show how serious we are about that, we’ve asked several of our designers to send us additional jewelry selections for you to choose from if you’re getting ready to march down that aisle. We’re going to kick things off into high gear on September 20 and 21 with a trunk show featuring the fabulous work of Todd Reed. The following week, between September 26 – 29, we will be hosting the Anne Sportun trunk show and Anne herself will be in the store ready to work with you and even do some custom designs. Because it’s a party, we’ve got some extra goodies lined up. Leslee Miller, Certified Sommelier and owner of Amusee, will be in the store on Saturday, the 21st and again Saturday the 28, for a wine tasting and she’ll be providing some wedding wine tips that will hopefully help you make a great selection for the big day. We will also have some floral ideas for you in the store from florist Arts & Flowers and, of course, lots of chocolates to try.
Ok, so you’re not getting married? Don’t let that keep you away, as both of these shows will include plenty of jewelry from Todd and Anne’s everyday collections and lots of chocolates to try. Oh, did I already mention that? Hmmmm…….
I first met Genevieve Yang at an American Craft Council show soon after I opened Max’s. I was new in the world of jewelry store owners and she was new in the world of jewelry designers. I was drawn to her work and we had a nice conversation and we said we’d keep in touch. We did for a while, but I didn’t see her at shows for the next few years so I didn’t pursue it. Fast forward to the JCK show in Las Vegas in 2012 when she was named a Rising Star and my eyes landed on her new (to me) collection based on the moon, stars and wild mountain landscapes. I fell in love with this collection for multiple reasons — the workmanship is flawless, the inspiration is so different, and it all comes together in a way that really exemplifies the question I often like to ask — “Is it jewelry as art, or art as jewelry?” I truly do think about Genevieve’s moon-and-star inspired jewelry whenever I look up and see a beautiful full moon, which there will be next week. The contrast of the diamonds against the oxidized silver has a very literal daytime/nighttime feel and that, combined with the imagery that the stars and moon represent, makes me daydream a bit as I sit and write this…..
There are a lot of words used to describe jewelry: cool, funky, big, bold, dainty, blingy, edgy. The word that I think best describes the work of Adel Chefridi, who is in the store for a trunk show this weekend, is pretty. That’s it — no extra words needed. Unless it’s very — as in VERY pretty. I love it that Adel says “the colors of natural gemstones are the best complement to the natural beauty of people. My work is an attempt to present the innate beauty of both the gemstones and the wearer.” There is so much to love about Adel’s work — the collection is wide-ranging from sterling silver rings, earrings and pendants with a sprinkle of gemstones (perfect for mom — you do realize that Mother’s Day is Sunday, don’t you?) to a beautiful white and yellow gold line. In fact, many of Adel’s rings from the gold collection have made their way to the fingers of some of Max’s brides. So if you need a gift for mom, you have a few graduation gifts to get, or you’d like something new “just because”, then we’ve got you covered with this weekend’s trunk show. Friday, May 10 from 10-7 and Saturday, May 11 from 10-6.
Can we all just agree that it’s about time that spring showed up? Spring is a great time for that “out with the old, in with the new” thing, so it only seems appropriate that it’s the time of year that we welcome jewelry designer Janis Kerman back to Max’s for a trunk show and custom design event. We will have quite a bit of Janis’ work in the store for you to purchase from the case, but she is best known for taking your “old” jewelry that you haven’t worn in years, and aren’t ever going to wear in the future and making it new and fabulous again with a custom design that fits your current style. Working with Janis is also a perfect opportunity for anybody who is interested in a custom designed engagement ring or wedding band. It’s easy to do – all that we ask is that you call the store to schedule a private design appointment so that we can be sure there’s enough time for Janis to create some sketches for you. The trunk show and design event run from Thursday, April 25 – Saturday, April 27.
Tired of winter yet? Ah, yeah, that would be quite the understatement. While it looks and feels pretty nice outside today, we think that the weather folks have been using the “s” word a bit too much in their descriptions of upcoming weather. Well, we’re pretty tired of winter and are ready to “ring” in spring, so we’re holding a Jamie Joseph trunk show this weekend. We can’t wait to see the blues, pinks, greens and yellow stone rings that she sends – we know that they’ll be a perfect way to get in the mood for spring. Large stone jewelry is all over the market right now, and we just love the way that Jamie does it. The trunk show is this Friday and Saturday, March 15 and 16.
You may have heard me say this before, but some people have actually told me that max’s should be called the Valentine’s Day store given that we sell jewelry AND chocolate. While I’m not crazy about the name, I have to admit that I do love it that we’re so well prepared to be your one-stop destination for your Valentine’s Day shopping — or the shopping that someone is hopefully going to be doing for you! To get you in the mood for the big day, we’ve invited Allison Kaplan and Alexis Walsko, the fabulous ladies of The Shop Girls from MyTalk107.1, to join us on Saturday morning, February 9 for a live broadcast from the store. And wouldn’t it be nice to enjoy some of that chocolate that you might be buying for others or a tasty beverage while you’re looking for the perfect piece of sparkle for your Valentine? Uh huh, sure it would! So on the same day as the live broadcast, we’re going to have a chocolate and wine pairing event between noon-4 with Amusee. Amuesee’s owner and certified sommelier, Leslee Miller, will be on hand to pour and pair a number of international wines to with our artisanal chocolates. You don’t want to miss this one….it’s time to warm up before Saturday night’s snowfall and, more importantly, for Valentine’s Day! It’s all taking place this Saturday, February 9. Jewelry, chocolate, wine…..did I mention that Valentine’s Day is next week….????
Once again, I find myself asking the same questions I seem to be asking every year at this time–how in the world can the year be over already and how did it go by so quickly? I certainly don’t know the answers to those questions, but what I do know is that I couldn’t possibly ask for better customers! Your continued support and encouragement mean the world to me and I can’t thank you enough. 2012 was a great year for us as we introduced several new designers to Max’s collection of fabulous artists, hosted several designer trunk shows as well as a one of a kind show and our first-ever bridal event. Also new for us last year was a chocolate and wine pairing just in time for the holiday season (we thought that this was such a good idea, that we’re going to do it again in a few weeks before Valentine’s Day!) We’ve already started to plan our event schedule for the new year (besides the chocolate and wine!), so stay tuned for details because I’m confident it’s going to be really great — and a lot of fun. In the meantime, our semi-annual sale is underway, with savings on select items of at least 50% off of original prices, so you don’t want to miss this. On behalf of everyone at Max’s, I wish you and your family a happy and healthy new year. See you in ’13!
Drumroll please…..it’s time for our last designer event of the year! Join us as we wrap up 2012 with the Anne Sportun jewelry trunk show from Thursday, December 20 through the end of the day Saturday, December 22. One of your, our customers, definite favorites, Anne’s inspiration comes from nature and it really shows in the simple elegance of her organic designs. Earrings, necklaces, bracelets (these wrap bracelets double as a necklace!) and, of course, rings — and you thought your holiday shopping was finished! Anne has also really expanded her bridal line so maybe that’s the part of her collection that will be of interest to you. This is typically our most popular event of the year, so I hope that you’ll stop by — Thursday from 10-7, Friday from I can’t promise it, but I’ve heard that Santa might even make a stop at the show!
We’re having a birthday party this weekend! Actually, we’re having 2 birthday parties! Our friend and jewelry designer Vicente Agor returns to the Twin Cities to launch his brand new retro-inspired collection of black, white and bold colors on mother-of-pearl background. We are celebrating with Vicente this weekend with a double-birthday party in honor of his 50th birthday and the 10th anniversary of his double organ transplant. As always, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of Vicente’s jewelry will be donated to Life Source and to the University of Minnesota. On Saturday, we’re going to really add to the festivities with a wine and chocolate pairing between noon and 4 with sommelier Leslee Miller of Amusee.
But wait, there’s more! It’s going to be hopping at Excelsior & Grand as our friends down the street at Gourmet Oil & Vinegar are having a holiday open house with holiday entertaining appetizer ideas (and, by ideas, I mean samples!) and a visit from local food personality Sue Zelickson. So, as you can tell, this is the place to be this weekend — for fun and for some great holiday gift shopping It’s the Vicente Agor Trunk Show and Birthday Celebration on November 30-December 2 with a wine and chocolate pairing on Saturday the 1st, and a holiday open house at Gourmet Oil & Vinegar. We hope you’ll stop by and join in the holiday cheer.
Can you believe it? It’s Thanksgiving and, besides the prerequisite stomach ache that often accompanies the holiday, it means that it’s “game on” when it comes to holiday shopping. I have absolutely no patience and no tolerance for all of that “shop on Thanksgiving night, shop at midnight, door-buster, deal, deal, deal kind of stuff. Nope, I won’t have it! What I will have (besides that extra helping of stuffing) is a good time trying to create a fun time for our customers. To kick off the holiday shopping season this year, we’ve asked one of our newest additions to the Max’s collection, Jewelry By Cari, to join us for a trunk show this Saturday, November 24 and Sunday, November 25. This is a really fun line as you get to put the pieces together — charms, dog tags, pendants and gemstones — that best signifies your life. Cari’s husband Rory will be in the store to hand-stamp your important initials, names, dates and sayings while you wait. There are rings, earrings and bracelets too, and we think that this is a great way to give something really personal to those on your gift list. Of course it wouldn’t be a trunk show without lots of chocolate samples all around, and even though it’s 60 degrees today, it is supposed to be a bit cooler this weekend, so we’ll have a cup of hot chocolate (and I’m talking hot chocolate — NOT cocoa!) ready for you.
Don’t forget that Saturday is Small Business Saturday, and the nice people at American Express will give you a $25 dollar credit on your statement if you have registered your card and spend $25 in a registered small business. You can’t beat that!
We’re having a trunk show this weekend featuring the jewelry of Jamie Joseph and that means lots and lots of big, bold and beautiful stone rings. Jamie is definitely a customer favorite here – as a matter of fact, I first heard about Jamie from one of our customers and you could say that we began to carry her jewelry due to customer demand. Jamie’s jewelry had always been about the stones – she designs all of the rings, earrings, necklaces and bracelets and her husband is the lead stone cutter in her studio. Working together, they convey their artistic vision by focusing on bringing light, shape and an organic feel to some of the most beautiful stones in the world. Jamie’s collection will be in the store between Friday, November 9 and Monday, November 12 but, since no two stones are alike, that means that most of her jewelry is one of a kind, so you might want to get here early!
p.s. there will be earrings and necklaces too!
You know that song “It’s Raining Men”? It’s happy, it’s fun — right? Well, that’s the song that plays in my mind when I look at this picture — except that it’s ‘earrings’ and ‘color’ instead of ‘men’. I am so glad that our friend Pamela Froman is making a return visit to Max’s with all of her latest and greatest, including so many of these beautiful stone earrings. If big stones aren’t your thing (think “different strokes for different folks” — clearly, I’m into an old song mood today!), there are so many things to love about Pamela’s collection. Some people are drawn to her work because of the heavy pounded texture on her gold that she calls “crushed” or the way she seamlessly blends multiple colors of gold – yellow, white, rose or green – into the same piece of jewelry. Whatever it is that catches your attention, one thing is certain – Pamela’s jewelry is unique and stunning. I hope that you’ll stop by to meet Pamela and see her collection — the show is Friday, November 2 (11-7), Saturday, November 3(10-6) and Sunday, November 4 (noon-5).
I mean that in a great way! Just in time for Halloween, and thanks to the organizing chops of our neighbors at Bubbly Paws, the retailers here at Excelsior & Grand are hosting Woof ‘n Treat on Saturday, October 7 to benefit Homeward Bound Dog Rescue. There will be trick or treating for both 2 and 4 legged friends at the stores in the area with, of course, extra chocolate sampling happening here at Max’s, a dog costume contest, horse drawn hay rides, a photo booth, a jumpy castle and tattoos for the kids, a food truck, beer samples for the adults, a pumpkin patch and so much more. The event is from noon – 3 and it’s going to be a really fun day for the entire family here at Max’s and at all of the participating businesses at Excelsior & Grand. A portion of the proceeds from our chocolate sales for the entire day will be donated to Homeward Bound. Woof!
Since we’re in election season, I thought I’d get in on the action! I received great news earlier this week when the oh-so-nice-and-wonderful folks at Mpls. St. Paul Weddings magazine informed me that Max’s has been named as a Diamond Awards finalist by their national panel of judges in the category of outstanding wedding jewelry. Thank you so much! As one of the three finalists in this category, I’ve learned that we’re also in the running for the People’s Choice honors which will be chosen solely on the basis of online voting from the public. This is where I am humbly asking for your vote — only, of course, if you think we deserve it! :) While I of course want Max’s to be named #1 for wedding jewelry in the Twin Cities by the national panel, getting the People’s Choice recognition from our customers and supporters will be the most meaningful to me; that’s why we’re here — for our customers. The thing about this that is most rewarding to me is that when I first conceived of Max’s and put the plan together, as well as when I began to buy for the store, the wedding market was never on my radar screen. It’s only because our customers began to respond to our “non traditional” jewelry for their big day, and ask for more, that we began to really focus on wedding jewelry. We love working with couples to help them find those unique rings and other adornments that are compatible with their own style and personality. Don’t see it? We also want to work with you and one of our many designers to create a one-of-a-kind piece. We’re happy for you and the new life you’re about to start, and we think that buying your rings should be a happy, fun occasion and a hassle-free experience. So, there won’t be any robo-calls, I don’t have any buttons or bumper stickers, and I certainly don’t have any TV ads (although I did approve this message!) I’d simply like to say that I’d love to have your vote. By the way, you can vote everyday!
A riddle: What do an Olympic luge team member, cashmere knit designer and a jewelry designer have in common?
The answer: Erica Molinari is all 3! After an 18-year career as a member of the U.S. luge team and as a competitor in the Winter Olympic games, Erica got into the business of design, wanting to create something for herself. Her collection of gold and sterling silver double-sided charms, coupled with pearls that are embellished with small diamonds, are so much fun to go through to select the ones that best represent your personality for a custom charm necklace or bracelet. Erica will be in the store for a trunk show between Thursday, October 11 and Saturday, October 13. And as if jewelry isn’t enough, Erica is bringing her collection of cashmere knits to the store for the show – a collection of adorned hats, gloves and scarves – perfect for this time of year! I hope that you’ll join us as we welcome Erica to Max’s for her first visit to the store with both her jewelry and cashmere collections – Thursday from 11-7, Friday from 10-7 and Saturday from 10-5.
One of the things that is the most fun and exciting for me is to work with our jewelry designers and to select what I want to carry in the store. People often ask me how I decide, and I have to tell you that it’s not easy, because there are so many talented people in the world creating really beautiful and unique jewelry. It’s exciting when I find something – or someone – new – something that I haven’t seen before and, I hope, something that you haven’t seen all over town, if it all. One of the things that I found this summer at the jewelry shows was in a category that’s brand new for us – watches! I haven’t wanted to carry watches at Max’s because I felt as though everything great out there was already well represented in town. Then I saw what can only be described as the uber-cool, chic and – well – gorgeous timepieces from Korloff. French designed and Swiss made, these watches are double-faced – one side is sporty and the other is more formal – and the straps are reversible too. It’s different for us right? When I saw these, I knew that this is the type of watch I want to wear. I’m really excited about these and I hope that you’ll like them too – let us know!
While we hope that the Stephanie Albertson trunk show is enough to entice you to come visit the store this weekend, we thought we’d work a little harder to make it almost impossible for you to stay away by having a second event at the same time! We’re launching our one-of-a-kind event this weekend (and this is the first time we’ve done this) with items from many of our artists that will not or cannot ever be replicated. How is this aquamarine and 18k gold bracelet from Klaus Spies for starters? We think it’s pretty gorgeous. So while I believe, and hope that you do too, that we always have beautiful jewelry, there will be so many new things in the store this weekend that are just – well – fabulous. The one-of-a-kind show begins on Friday, September 7 and runs through Sunday, September 16. (p.s. to make it a complete triple-threat, there will be chocolates…..)
The fair is over, the kids are back at school, so it’s a perfect time to launch the second half of our 2012 event schedule! Things get going September 7 with a trunk show and personal appearance with jewelry designer Stephanie Albertson. When asked about her designs, Stephanie says: “My jewelry is about color and having fun. I love the whimsical, magical and expressive power of jewelry. My jewelry allows the wearer to make a personal statement and express their individual sense of style.” We think that these oxidized silver bangles with gemstones surrounded by the warmth of 22k gold says that you’ll be stylin’ this fall. The trunk show runs from Friday, September 7 – Sunday, September 9.
We’ll be closed on the 4th to enjoy the fireworks. We hope that you have a great holiday and we’ll see you on Thursday!