Greetings folks!! Hope you all had a relaxing Thanksgiving and enjoyed some time with family and friends. A very important event occurs between Thanksgiving and Christmas, often overlooked by most American. My birthday!! But not only is it just my day, I share this wonderful event with many other popular folks. Daryl Hannah, Julianne Moore and Ozzy Osbourne just to name a few. I have now OFFICIALLY worked at Holland’s Jewelers for half my life…..unbelieveable!! Growing old is a wonderful blessing especially when you are surrounded by people you love. Over the past 20 years at Holland’s Jewelers I have been blessed enough to help many couple with the selection of an engagement ring. Through the years these couples have made families of their own and now their children are coming to visit us at the jewelry store to get engagement rings for their sweetheart. Each day is really a gift from God, and the people that cross your path along the way are the real blessings in life. We at Holland’s wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and may you be blessed with many more.
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Ginny and I have just settled in for a couple days of rest. We just want to thank you all for the love and support you have all given us this year. What a wild ride it has been!! In case you didn’t know, we suffered a break in just a couple days after Thanksgiving which left us stunned and in shock. But life goes on and we are still here. I’ve heard so many times in the last few weeks that it could have been worse and that is a definite truth!!! As I sit here thinking about our past year, I am so thankful for all our family/friends and all the blessings that God has given us. We are healthy and we are together and that is enough. Where ever you are and whoever you are with, be sure to be thankful for all the blessings you have been given.
I enjoy a day off work as much as the next person but not when it’s because the roads are covered with ice. If you enjoy snow then you are in the wrong area. We here in North Carolina like our ice and lots of it. Over the last month or so we’ve had no less than 5 wintry mixes. Giving me ample opportunities to hone my balancing on ice skills as well as perfecting my snow cream recipe. When the weather is less than desirable and down right dangerous, I make it a point to keep my behind at home. I mean really, who’s jewelry shopping when it’s a task in itself just to walk to the front door without falling and breaking a hip. SO for the record: If there’s snow and ice on the streets, call before you visit us. Chances are we’ll be sitting by a fire at home…….where you should be.
Here is our family recipe for Snow Cream.
1 large bowl of snow (mixing bowl size)
1/2 can sweetened condinced milk
1 teaspoon vanilia flavoring
1/4 cup sugar (more or less to taste)
tiny dash of nutmeg
add milk to desired, creamy texture.
We love you too!! Once again we want to thank all you wonderful folks that let us be a part of your Christmas. If I could give each and everyone of you a great big hug, I would. We know that you work hard for every penny you make, most of you at least, and we do not take that lightly. I think this past year we added around 6 new lines of jewelry in our store, that gave you more selection than ever at great price points. Our new years DEDICATION to you is to continue what we started in 2010. We have three jewelry buying trips planned so far this year and some great surprises coming up in the near future for you. There is always room for improvement, so If there is something you would like to see from us, please let us know. From the bottom of our hearts we love you all and consider ourselves blessed that you are a part of our lives.
Everyone loves a story with a happy ending. This is one of those stories. About 2 weeks ago this couple walked in our store and like lots of couples, stopped at the engagement ring case. I really love to talk to folks and get to know a little about them and these two were no exception. They were high school friends and went to the prom together, but after a couple dates they kinda went their separate ways. 44 years later, Bart was on “My space” and found Gail again. Both were not married at the time and the rest is history. They have been dating for nearly 3 years and love to travel. I’ve really enjoyed getting to know them, they are a sweet couple with one of those laughs that make you laugh. He did get her a ring and she did say YES! We were honored enough to have him give the ring to her in our store. Awesome!! We just want to congratulate our new friends on their engagement. May they be blessed with a long happy life together.
This is not meant to be a sad occasion but rather a celebration of a life that lived each day with joy and vigor. Mr. H was more than just a jeweler. He was a father, teacher, mentor and grandfather. He loved his family and helping others. We will miss him but we have comfort that he is in a better place and that we will see him again.
Charlie C. Holland, 82, of 6237 Old Jenks Rd., Apex, went home to be with his Lord on Thursday October 8th, 2009. Born in 1927, Charlie lost his mother at age 8, then his father at age 11, beginning a difficult orphaned childhood. His compassion, concern, and support for orphans remained with him his entire life.
Following training at Spencer School of Watchmaking, he and his wife Ann founded Holland’s Jewelers in Apex on August 1st, 1960. Charlie had a passion for his Lord, serving the Apex Baptist Church as deacon and various committee chairs throughout his long membership there. He was devoted to the Apex business community serving as charter member of the Apex Rotary Club as well as Triangle Youth for Christ. He also served the community in the Apex Jaycees, the Apex Library Board, the Downtown Merchants’ Association, and the Apex Chamber of Commerce who honored him as “Citizen of the Year” in 2006. He was a member of the Apex Masonic Lodge and the Amran Shrine.
A service celebrating his life and home going will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday October 11th in the Apex Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the Apex Cemetery. Surviving are his wife of 56 years, Ann P. Holland, two sons: Charles Lee Holland & his wife Gloria of Apex, and Andy Holland & his wife Kim of Raleigh; five daughters: Charlene Smith & her husband Wilton of Burlington, Angela Dixon & her husband Dale of Fuquay-Varina, Paula Mills & her husband Paul of Trinity, NC, Ginny Sears & her husband Stacey of Apex, and Rebecca H. Young & her husband Sam of Cary. Also surviving are thirteen grandchildren and one great granddaughter. Charlie was preceded in death by four brothers, and survived by one sister, Jewel Holmes of Benson.
His family will receive friends from 4-6 p.m. on Saturday at the Apex Funeral Home, 550 W. Williams St. in Apex. Those desiring to do so may make memorials to The Smile Train, or to Mabopane Orphanage, through Apex Baptist Church, 110 S. Salem St., Apex, NC 27502.
I’m sitting at my desk learning how to spin bezels, bands and other settings on a lathe. Class has been great and I’ve learned a ton of useful applications. On the last day of class we are planning on developing our shadow band skills for wedding bands. Shadow bands are from-fitted bands that “shadow” the main ring. This application is usually used for engagement rings that do not come with a wedding band. I must admit that this is the most fun I’ve had at the bench in years.
I am a statistics nut. I check our website report once a month just to see what is going on and what areas are of interest that we need to focus on. It has been a busy month for Holland’s Jewelers. There have been hits to our site from 26 countries, some I’ve never heard of. Australia, Malaysia, Thailand (home of the thighs), India, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Ukraine, France (PU), Sweden, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Brazil (thank you for the invention of wax), Peru, Columbia, Dominican Republic, Mexico (I did not know they had computers), Canada ( I also did not know they had computers), Uruguay, Slovakia, Belgium, Kuwait, Serbia, Qatar ( I thought that “U” always followed “Q”), United Arab Emirates (that sounds bad) and the good ol’ USA. I listed these guys just to give them a good old fashioned AMERICAN shout-out. If I have offended anyone with this post please do not contact HOLLAND”S JEWELERS directly. Our phone lines are directed somewhere in India when you call with complaints.