Julia and David Gardner have been inducted into National Jeweler’s 2019 Retailer Hall of Fame!
“We are truly shocked and honored to have been chosen for this once-in-a-lifetime recognition – a local jeweler recognized on a national level,” Gardner said. “It’s indicative of how world class our whole community is! We’re only one of many Hall of Famers in Bryan-College Station!”
College Station’s very own Julia and David Gardner ’78 were inducted into National Jeweler’s 2019 Retailer Hall of Fame in the category of Single-Store Independent in New York, New York on Sunday, July 28, 2019. National Jeweler’s “Retailer Hall of Fame,” first introduced in 1989, recognizes jewelers who have inspired their peers and made significant contributions to jewelry retailing.
According to The National Jeweler Retailer Hall of Fame, “jewelers are chosen based on a set of criteria that include, but are not limited to, the long-term success of their business; their standing in the industry among peers; innovation; and involvement in their local community.” In an article about the Gardners titled “Better Together”, Brecken Branstrator writes “a common thread among the industry’s most successful retailers is that they are also among the most active businesses in their community. But few seem to have taken it to heart quite like the Gardners.”
The Gardners are one of only 28 stores to have been inducted in the category of Single-Store Independent in the U.S.
National Jeweler Article by Brecken Branstrator
David and Julia Gardner have utilized their complementary skill sets to carve out a niche in College Station, Texas. College Station, Texas—Being located in College Station, Texas, a town that largely revolves around Texas A&M University, puts David and Julia Gardner in a unique position, as the makeup of their customer base differs from the average U.S. retail jeweler.