Charleston Style and Design

FALL 2015

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AV E N U E G E M S With one quick glance through the storefront window, an unwit- ting passerby might surmise that they happened upon the hottest new deli in town. It's lunchtime at Charleston Gold & Diamond Exchange, but sodas and sand- wiches are defnitely not on the menu of this bustling business located in Mount Pleasant's Belle Hall Shopping Center. As the customers inside ooh and aah over the latest additions to the store's many showcases, the store manager, Brian Cohn, OBJECTS OF DESIRE BY PATRA TAYLOR | PHOTOG RAPHY BY HOLG E R OB E NAUS 142 CSD steps out of his offce to assist his busy sales staff. Cohn says that lunchtime is always busy at this full-service jewelry store, often with 20 or more customers at a time shopping for that special piece, consulting on custom designs, browsing for bargains, or having a watch battery replaced or jewelry piece repaired. It's at these peak times when the native Texan seems to be in his element, the living embodiment of that old adage, "Love what you do and you'll never work a day in your life." Charleston Gold & Diamond Exchange opened in 2000 as South Carolina's only retail outlet for DGSE Companies, one of the largest jewelry, rare coin and precious metal dealers in the country. In addition to its Mount Pleasant store, the company currently operates six retail stores in the Dallas area and one in Highland Park, Illinois. Cohn says that having the buying power and resources of charleston gold & diamond exchange celebrates 1 5 years 1 2

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