When Lily & Co. Jewelers celebrated its fifth anniversary, owners Dan Schuyler and Karen Bell felt a certain pride about a solid accomplishment that signals making it over a certain hump. On June 25, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Schuyler and Bell will commemorate Lily & Co.’s terrific 10th anniversary with a community BBQ for defying a tough economy in the early years and emerging an island favorite.
“Some say we are crazy to have started when we did,” said Schuyler. “And looking back, we were crazy.” That’s crazy in a good way. Lily & Co. has garnered several national and local awards throughout its 10 years, including being voted the “Coolest Jewelry Store in the Nation” by INSTORE magazine. “It’s been a great ride,” said Schuyler with a smile.
Sanibel Catering Co. by Bailey’s will serve up a delicious barbecue pulled-pork and chicken sandwiches, Italian sausages with peppers and onions, burgers, kosher hot dogs, baked beans, macaroni and cheese, coleslaw, an assortment of chips and drinks. Oh, there will be cake and dancing to the rhythms of the retro rock-n-roll band The Blu-Tones. Guests will receive a commemorative Lily Rocks t-shirt, while supplies last.
“We want the afternoon to be about our community having the best time,” said Bell, “because without them we wouldn’t have much to celebrate. It is our way of saying ‘thank you for 10 wonderful years.’”
Lily & Co. calls the historic white building surrounded by beautiful native fauna along Tarpon Bay Road its charming home. Guests are greeted by two well-trained Labradors, Gracie and Angel. A professional staff awaits to take each guest on a breathtaking trip of fine jewelry by designers from around the globe.
“We have spent the past decade creating the most unique shopping experience for our guests,” said Schuyler. “It brings us joy when a guest feels at home.”
In 2014, Lily & Co. took its unique shopping experience to a higher level with the opening a certified pre-owned Rolex Watch boutique and revealing the exclusive Sea the Islands collection. The Lily Design Center debuted that same year with the introduction of master jeweler Nicholas De Stefano.
Lily & Co. upped its shopping experience again in 2015 by manufacturing its own Lily Diamond Fashion Collection and fine jewelry line. It’s Lily & Co.’s continued innovation to meet customer demand which gained it early recognition by Jewelers Circular Keystone, the Chicago Smart Show and its own community.
Lily & Co. Awards
- “5 Designer Retailer” 6 consecutive years by JCK
- “Top 50 Designer Retailer”
- “5 Star Store”
- “Top Dog Award” at the Chicago 2011 Smart Show,
- “Best of the Islands” 8 consecutive years.
“We hope to see you June 25th for a terrific barbecue in honor of our 10 years as part of the wonderful island community,” said Schuyler and Bell. “There will be a few surprises that day, too.”
Lily & Co. Jewelers 10th Anniversary Community BBQ is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 25 under a big ten in the parking lot at 520 Tarpon Bay Rd. Get a commemorative Lily Rocks t-shirt while supplies last.