first_imgErik Runyan Jewelers took a big risk three years ago leaving its longtime downtown storefront on Washington Street to move to an untested home in the then-brand-new Hudson Building on Main Street. But co-owner Erik Runyan says the decision has paid off — and the latest proof comes in the form of an award from jewelry industry publication INSTORE magazine, which announced this week that the shop at 501 Main St. ranked first in the publisher’s annual “America’s Coolest Stores” contest.The store won in the “Big Cool” category for stores with six or more employees (Runyan has a staff of nine), and co-owners Erik and Leslie Runyan appeared on the cover of the magazine’s August issue alongside the winner of the “Small Cool” category.“The store is the perfect expression of everything Erik and Leslie Runyan love,” INSTORE editor Eileen McClelland wrote in her introduction to the August issue.Erik Runyan says he initially nominated the store for the contest in 2018 and didn’t win, but the magazine called him back this year and urged him to submit a new nomination. The winners were announced on Monday following what Erik Runyan describes as a 5-6 month evaluation period.last_img

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