Turners Furniture pic 2The Turner’s brands continue to offer high-quality furniture to customers at a great value.

By Jim Harris

Turner’s Furniture’s commitment to quality and value has made it successful for more than 100 years. “We have a great team of employees and a lot of loyal customers,” says co-owner Fortson Turner, who along with his brother Austin Turner represents the fourth generation of family ownership at the company. “We try to be financially conservative and keep our internal costs as low as possible, so our prices can be as low as possible.”

Founded in 1915, the Turner family owns and operates four locations under the Turner’s Fine Furniture brand in Leesburg, Tifton, Valdosta and Thomasville, Ga. The company also operates six locations under the Turner’s Budget Furniture brand in south Georgia as well as Tallahassee, Fla. 

Schiffmans pic 1Schiffman’s dedication to clients and employees, as well as its selection of high-quality jewelry and timepieces, has remained constant throughout its 125 years in business.
By Jim Harris, Senior Editor at Knighthouse Media

Simon Schiffman’s high standards for the products and service offered by his namesake jewelry store continue to guide the business, which celebrates its 125th anniversary this year. 

“We are a very honorable and straightforward company,” says Lane Schiffman, Simon’s great-grandson and co-owner of the store along with his brothers Arnold Schiffman III and Vance Schiffman. “We would not have developed the reputation we have over the past 125 years without being honest, having integrity and being trustworthy.”

SardaFast-growing Balinese jewelry manufacturer Sarda plans to expand its exotic empire. By Kat Zeman

It was meant to be. When her eyes first spotted that tray of silver beads in a small boutique, they brightened. Janyl Sherman instantly recognized the unmistakable Bali-style beads known for their intricate and detailed silver-dotted and wiry patterns.

Balinese beads, often considered the highest quality of beads, are handcrafted by skilled silversmiths on the exotic island of Bali, Indonesia. She had to have them.

“I bought them all,” Sherman admits. But little did she know that this moment set in motion events that would change her life forever. It was as if the beads spoke to her. A woman possessed, Sherman drove through two states in search of more beads.

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RockyRocky Brands overcomes recent challenges by refocusing on its legacy boot brands. By Jim Harris

The heritage and longevity of Rocky Brands’ footwear brands have long distinguished the company from its peers. Founded in 1979, the company designs, manufactures and markets premium boots, footwear and apparel under four brands. The oldest of the brands, Lehigh, dates its history back to the 1920s.
Two of its other brands, Georgia and Durango, date back to the 1930s and 1960s, respectively. “It carries a lot of weight that we’ve been able to stay around that long while dealing with changes to the marketplace and still be a reasonably strong brand,” CEO Jason Brooks says.

Since becoming the company’s CEO, Brooks has worked to build on and preserve the legacy of the company. Brooks was named to the position in May 2017, succeeding his father Mike Brooks, who had been acting as interim CEO of the company since September 2016. Mike Brooks still serves as the chairman of the board of directors.

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DOERRWith the opening of its second store, Doerr Furniture brings its trusted name and high-quality promise to an expanded market. By Tim O’Connor

Buying furniture for your first apartment or home is an exciting and scary prospect. Young people living on their own for the first time often don’t have the experience to identify a quality dining room table or a good bed frame. It’s not unusual for them to enlist their family members for help in shopping for furniture. For eight decades in New Orleans, those parents and grandparents have brought their children to Doerr Furniture.

The shop, located at the corner of Burgundy Street and Elysian Fields Avenue in the city’s Marigny neighborhood, has served multiple generations of New Orleans families since it opened in 1938. “Our focus is on the quality of products first and foremost, and building relationships with our customers over the years,” President and CEO Shane Mutter says.

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