Ericka Lee, dressed in a red Victorian gown, tries to draw visitors into The Red Lady, a new jewelry shop on South Franklin Street on Tuesday.
A new jewelry shop! Just what we needed in Juneau.
For yet another jewelry shop in Juneau!!! Gimmie a break!
scareing visitors at the red lady
...is dancing with me....cheek to cheek.
LOL ok do we really need one more in Juneau? So the next time we see Jack in the Box standing at the jewelry store? I want KISS standing there next!!!
We should feel fortunate that it's not like Skagway where they have twice as many jewelry stores as here. Still, it's just another reason why I never go to downtown in the summer and rarely in the winter either
Just remember... They are all owned or in direct partnership with the cruise ships.
These stores are basically an extension of the cruise ships.
And man, for all the talent Ericka has, that has to be a tough gig for her. Hat tip to her for suffering for her art!
That is one myth that will not die. None of the jewelry stores are owned by the cruise line. The cruise lines don't even own the stores on their own ships. Those are leased out to companies independent of the cruise lines as are the spas on board. The only connection with the cruise lines and some of the shops in town is in the on board advertising that they pay to participate in.
As for the Lady in Red, as far as I know it is owned by Erika and her husband and is not just a jewelry store.
I know that jewelry stores are under the cruise ship and cruise ships do tell their passengers to go to their (International Diamonds) jewelry stores, but it is not just in Alaska, its all over the world where cruise ships dock.
Same story Local stores loses out and International Diamonds take over.
Local business from all over the world are not too happy with the cruise ships politics. How do I know this? I have friends who are local jewelers who have to compete against a mega billion dollar industry that invaded their home communities for the past 16 years.
Maybe you should read the reviews on trip advisor? And the on board advertising basically amount to the cruise line implying to cruisers that any store not listed uses child labor, fraudulent goods, and will steal your credit card numbers? Are you saying that these stores, the same ones in ALL cruise destinations, are not working hand in hand with the cruise lines? Have you ever been to another cruise town? They all, literally, have the exact same stores. If you go to them during Juneau's winter, you will even meet the same workers from SE AK working in them.
As far as Ericka's job, I am just going off of what is in the “article.” Owning a business is an even tougher gig. I hope it does not eat into her performing time!
Was hands down the best locally owned jewelry store in Juneau, and the cruise industry and selfish local retail space owners basically kicked them to the curb. Too many locally owned shops downtown can't afford the insane prices that local building owners are charging. Sad!
doesn't anyone agree that Erika is freakin HOT!
Having spent a multitude of years in the jewelry industry (THIS jewelry industry, in fact)- I don't think anyone who has commented really has a solid handle on what really goes on between the jewelry stores and the cruise ship industry. Yes, they do business together but knowing the industry, I think it's of benefit to the customer as well as the businesses. And yes, jewelry is competitive- all business is. Having served as a liaison between a chain store and the cruise industry reps in NYC, I know exactly what goes on, when money is exchanged and for what purpose. Businesses pay for advertisements, they are not in any way OWNED by the cruise industry. Those businesses also have a level of service delivery and commitment to uphold standards to the cruise ship industry when delivering products/services. The companies will not promote the types of businesses who rip off their customers which I feel is of great benefit to a tourist. Only those businesses that reach a level of customer service delivery are able to be promoted on board and all those that do not maintain those standards are removed from the promotional opportunity. Do I think this is wrong? No. Why? Because I believe in things like the Better Business Bureau, which in this case, is what the cruise ship industry is serving as from port to port. For those of you who have complaints about the jewelry industry, maybe you should learn more about it. I fully support the new shop and knowing the background behind it, I hope they succeed. I worked for a small store that succeeded and became a large chain; most businesses wish to gain the same success. Ericka is an AWESOME actress and chica all around-- branching out and taking a risk in a business is something to be appreciated as well. Kudos to small businesses for taking risks. Thanks to the jewelry industry for providing a platform to gain knowledge and experience..... Oh, and Ericka, you make that red dress look like a million bucks!!!
We were in this shop last week. It is a locally owned shop. Erika's outfit drew us to the store to talk with her. I ended up buying a beautiful ring in the store and Erika gave me a much better deal than the stores that are not locally owned. She did a great job and I felt no pressure to buy...she made it a pleasant buying experience.
I agree that there are too many jewelry stores in the ports that the cruiselines visit. Our cruiseline told us that jewelry is the number one item that tourists purchase...thus the many jewelry stores.
The stores that the cruiseline promoted stood behind a 5 year guarantee on purchases...that's one reason that the cruiseline supports them. However, I received a much better deal at The Red Lady through Erika than one of the cruiseline supported stores.
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