NEW SHOPPING TREND- IN-STORE BOUTIQUES

Hunterdon County Jeweler Starts New Trend in Shopping:  In-Store Boutiques Bring Major Designers to Flemington, NJ (August 9, 2006  Flemington, NJ)  When you walk into a jewelry store, you usually go to the cases, look at the beautiful pieces and take your pick.  When you want high-end creations from well-renowned designers, many discretionary consumers from New Jersey have been forced to shop on New York’s Fifth Avenue.  Not anymore.  Roman Jewelers’ flagship store in Flemington has begun a new trend in shopping for jewelry.  Major designers, including Cartier, Tag Heuer and Roberto Coin among others are opening unique boutiques inside the store.

Sophie Shor, Vice President of Roman Jewelers, says major designers are now beginning to look at Flemington as a center for fine jewelry.  She explains, “Flemington has always been known for its wonderful selection of outlet stores.  As we begin to bring the ‘best of the best’ lines of jewelry into our store, people are finding that they no longer have to go into the city to acquire pieces from major designers.”

The Cartier boutique and Tag Heuer boutiques are up and running in the Flemington store. Grand openings are planned for each in October. The Roberto Coin boutique will open in November.  Both store locations recently have begun carrying the John Hardy collection as well.

Roman Jewelers is a family owned and operated store with locations in Flemington and the Bridgewater Commons Shopping Mall in Bridgewater. Roman Jewelers specializes in custom jewelry design, fine jewelry including diamond and bridal jewelry and offers a wide selection of Swiss watches. For more information, call 908-782-8240 or visit www.Roman-Jewelers.com

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SOPHIE SHOR ELECTED TO BOARD OF HMC TRUSTEES

Hunterdon County Jeweler Elected to Board of Trustees for Hunterdon Medical Center Foundation (July 25, 2006 Flemington, NJ)  She has spent years of her professional life giving back to her community, especially when it comes to healthcare.  Now Sophie Shor, Vice President of Roman Jewelers, is continuing her passion in an official capacity.  Shor has been elected as a new member of the Board of Trustees for the Hunterdon Medical Center Foundation.

Shor says it has long been her aspiration to promote a healthy lifestyle for the citizens of Hunterdon County and surrounding towns.  “While working on fundraising projects for the Hunterdon Medical Center, I have become acutely aware of the healthcare needs of our county.  I have had the privilege of supporting initiatives in the areas of women’s heart health, breast cancer and maternity facilities.  I am extremely appreciative of the opportunity to work with the other members of the Board of Trustees on healthcare and illness prevention programs for our community.”

As Chair of the Foundation’s Crystal Ball Committee last year, Shor helped raise $225,000 for Hunterdon Medical Center.  Roman Jewelers donated a cardiac monitor for special-needs newborns at the hospital and has held special fundraising sales at its Flemington store for the sole purpose of purchasing equipment for Hunterdon Medical Center.

When deciding on a new Board member, G. Meredith Betz, Executive Vice President of the Hunterdon Medical Center Foundation felt Shor was the perfect choice.  She explains, “Sophie has such strong leadership and marketing skills which we have seen time and again not only through successful fundraising events but through her own business. She is an ambassador for this hospital everywhere she goes and is always looking for the next thing she can do to help those who need and use our services.  Her kind nature and selfless spirit encompass everything this foundation stands for.”

Roman Jewelers is a family owned and operated store with locations in Flemington and the Bridgewater Commons Shopping Mall in Bridgewater. Roman Jewelers specializes in custom jewelry design, fine jewelry including diamond and bridal jewelry and offers a wide selection of Swiss watches and gifts. For more information, call 908-782-8240 or visit www.Roman-Jewelers.com.

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THIS MOTHER’S DAY, GIVE HER WHAT SHE REALLY WANTS

From Fine Watches to Diamond Studs, Roman Jewelers Has the Mother’s Day Gift with Meaning (May 14, 2006 Flemington, NJ)  Bouquets, brunch, a basket of spa products, a box of chocolates or tickets to a Broadway show? They are all sweet suggestions, but this Mother’s Day, you could also give the mother in your life the gift that she really wants and greatly deserves, but may never expect to receive – fine jewelry. If you want to show how much you care about her and appreciate her, give her this unexpected gift that makes her feel beautiful and pampered – something that she is too unselfish to request. In a survey done by the Jewelry Consumer Opinion Council before Mother’s Day 2005, mothers put jewelry as one of their top two wishes as a gift for Mother’s Day. Yet 42% of the gift-givers from the same survey group stated that they had no idea what to buy for the moms in their lives. There seems to be a failure to communicate. The National Retail Federation also surveyed 2,497 consumers before Mother’s Day 2005. Prospective gift purchasers who are also moms ranked jewelry high on the list of gifts they were hoping to receive for Mother’s Day. In study after study, for all of the major gift-giving holidays throughout the year, women continue to rank jewelry as a gift they long for but do not usually receive. In a recent Internet blog, a husband wrote about how much he looks forward to surprising his wife on Mother’s Day with something wonderful that he knows she secretly admires, and how much he will enjoy the delighted look on her face when she receives the gift. Another man on the Web is searching for a unique gift that will be a permanent reminder of his deep appreciation for all that his mother has done for him. A fine watch, diamond ear studs, a ring with a rare piece of violet-blue Tanzanite, a beautifully designed bracelet or necklace – Roman Jewelers can provide pieces like these from many of the world’s most renowned jewelers and watchmakers. And some jewelry can be made even more sentimental just by using a monogram, an engraved message or a special birthstone that any mother will cherish forever and pass along as an heirloom. IN APPRECIATION OF ALL WOMEN Mother’s Day has now developed into a holiday to remember all of the important women in your life, states Sophie Shor of Roman Jewelers in Flemington. “Of course we always honor our mothers, but this holiday is also a day to remember wonderful mothers-in-law, grandmothers and daughters, as well as an aunt or close friend who has influenced your life,” she notes. The pre-Mother’s Day 2006 survey by the National Retail Federation (involving 7,865 consumers) showed that, in addition to their mothers, significant numbers of men plan to buy gifts for their wives, daughters, grandmothers, sisters, friends and/or other relatives this Mother’s Day. Roman Jewelers carries jewelry that will fulfill the dreams of every mother in pearl, diamond, all types of precious stones, gold, platinum and silver styles. And the Flemington store carries the finest Swiss watches from the very top manufacturers. DIAMOND STUD SPECTACULAR May 6-13, 2006, in honor of Mother’s Day, both the Flemington and Bridgewater Commons Roman Jewelers stores will host a Diamond Stud Spectacular. This event will be a trunk show featuring a very wide range of types and styles of diamond stud earrings, one of the most popular and classic jewelry items that women want. Young adults and those on a budget can find affordable luxury Items at Roman Jewelers such as bracelets, earrings and necklaces by world-renowned Italian designer, Marco Bicego. These items feature the yellow gold and beautiful colored stones that are making an important fashion statement this year, but they are affordably priced. Feminine necklaces and bracelets by Sophia & Cloe are also extremely popular as gifts. ROMAN JEWELERS The company, headed by artist Roman Shor, spans four generations of jewelers and designers from 19th century Russia to the present day. Roman Jewelers is noted for its custom designs and restoration skills, as well as for top designer jewelry and watches that are only sold by a select few jewelers throughout New Jersey. The product selection at Roman Jewelers includes many of the world’s most exclusive high-end brands of jewelry and watches. Roman Jewelers is an independent jeweler with locations in Flemington and Bridgewater, NJ. The flagship store is located in Renaissance Plaza at 39 Route 12 in Flemington, NJ (Telephone: 908-782-8240). It has more than 7,000 feet of display space with a luxurious decor. The Bridgewater store is conveniently located in the heart of the popular Bridgewater Commons Mall, easily accessible by most major highways and with convenient on-site parking (908-575-1242). For more information, call 908-782-8240.

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MUSIC AND LAUGHTER AT RENAISSANCE PLAZA

An Evening to Remember (May 8, 2006 Flemington, NJ) On Sunday, May 7th, 2006, 26 children and their audience gathered in the atrium of Renaissance Plaza (the Roman Jewelers building), and it was a beautiful afternoon in Flemington, NJ. The audience came to see the new skills acquired by the piano students of Larisa Suknov. As the sun shown down through the glass roof of the Plaza, there was a happy mix of music and laughter. This was not just any recital, however, because the parents and grandparents of the students also took an active role in the performances, joining their children on the bench to play and sing with the aspiring young musicians. Some children and adults played duets, while other children played the piano to accompany their parents or grandparents who sang. The May 7th event was a new type of piano recital that celebrates the joy of music and illustrates just how much fun a family can have making music together. This kind of recital makes all of the practice meaningful and worthwhile, and creates an experience that will not be forgotten. The musical selections covered a wide range from ethnic pieces such as the “Mexican Song” and the “Russian Song” to mood pieces such as “I Feel Blue” and “I Don’t Know.” The program included a Beethoven “Sonata” and “German Dance,” as well as waltzes and ragtime. Some of Larisa Suknov’s own original compositions were played during the performance. The event was sponsored by Roman Jewelers of Flemington and Bridgewater. All of the students who participated are currently enrolled at Larisa’s Piana Studio in Hillsborough, NJ. Larisa, who came to the United States from the Ukraine in 1993, has taught piano for all of her adult life since receiving her Master’s Degree from the State Conservatory of the Ukraine. She was trained since the age of seven to be both a music teacher and a performer on stage. She hosts these special recitals for her students once or twice yearly. As the afternoon slipped into evening, the Plaza rang with the sound of music, and the audience was left in anticipation of the next piano celebration. For more information, call 908-237-1223.

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