CARY Karly Hankin says she and her sister, Jen, practically grew up in their parents’ store.
“A taxi would pick us up at elementary school and we would do our homework in the back room,” Karly Hankin says.
The sisters, now in their 20s, joined the family business four years ago with the addition of a contemporary women’s boutique to complement their parents’ estate jewelry trade.
Today, Joint Venture Jewelry and Peachy Keen Boutique operate at a combined retail location in Cary’s Harrison Pointe Shopping Center.
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Working with family can be challenging, says Donna Hankin, Jen and Karly’s mother. “A disagreement could cross over into the family dynamic, but we haven’t had that problem.
“We are all strong individuals, but we respect each other’s strengths. I’m most proud that the girls still want to have dinner with us.”
Adds Karly: “She’s totally different here than when we’re out to dinner.”
Joint Venture Jewelry is celebrating 18 years in business this month with what Donna says is the widest selection of vintage jewelry in the Triangle. Inventory comes on consignment from estates and individuals, and Donna knows the stories behind many of the pieces.
“Over time, jewelry is as beautiful as when it was made,” she says. “We are sought out most for vintage engagement rings.”
Two cases are filled with rings in a wide range of prices.
“The industry average for an engagement ring is $5,000,” Donna says. “We have a ton under $2,000.”
Much of their business is from repeat customers.
“Over the years, what’s been wonderful is the people are an extension of our family,” Donna says.
“With the addition of Peachy Keen, it’s been fun for us to be more full service,” Donna says. “Our focus is on having clients feel as if they are coming into our living room. Karly works with clients on styling.”
Says Karly: “Once people come in and see what we’re about, they want to come back.”
Peachy Keen offers clothing and accessories that appeal to all ages. Karly and Donna go on buying trips and find items that work for both of them.
“We look for lines that can cross over from generation to generation,” Karly says. “Mothers and daughters can shop here together. We have lots of fun variety that offers comfort and style.”
A denim wall features three premium lines. Karly says high-rise jeans will be big sellers this fall.
Twice a year, the Hankins turn their store into a runway and host a fashion show with all proceeds going to charity.
Both businesses are celebrating anniversaries this month. Joint Venture Jewelry marks 18 years with free wine tastings and exclusive sales from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 17.
Peachy Keen will host a fourth birthday party from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27 with sales, free lunch, sangria and a Paige Denim trunk show.
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