“From Berkshire Hathaway and Wal-Mart to small stores everywhere, about 90% of all U.S. businesses are family-owned or controlled by a family. Family businesses generate over 50% of the US Gross National Product (GNP).” – Forbes.com
“Our business is about people, not status or bling per se, but marking moments and milestones in relationships with beautiful, well-made works of art. Whatever the importance of the event or size of the gift, the icon and presentation must be special and unique.” – Robert Argo, owner
My first introduction to the Argo family was when Robert, now my husband of 40 years, took me home to present to his parents as his bride-to-be. I was terrified! I had heard so much about this prominent, illustrious family. The family business, Argo & Lehne Jewelers, was an incomparable icon in Columbus, Ohio. I grew up on a farm in Iowa, far removed geographically and culturally from this world. Or so I thought.Continue Reading
As we approach Fourth of July, we honor our country’s freedom and the wonderful opportunities we’ve been given. We are so fortunate for the fortitude of young “Dickie” Argo, an immigrant watchmaker from Scotland, who opened his own jewelry store in 1924.
How is it that we have preserved his small store and weathered the big box brands, chain stores and on-line shopping? The simple answer is through the loyalty of our customers.
But why do they choose A&L over and over? It’s clear our customers understand the benefits of supporting local business owners. (more…)Continue Reading
Besides the normal chatter of jewelry inside the walls of Argo & Lehne, you will often hear discussions of our favorite restaurants, events, cocktails, day trips and of course, everything art based. Perhaps the commonality began with our passion for jewelry but it’s clear we also share a love for Columbus and all it has to offer. So, we begin our first installment of what will most likely be many of “Argo Approved”- our wonderful experiences about town and what makes us want to keep coming back!
As International Women’s Day approaches, I found myself thinking of the many influential women in our business that have astounded me with their talent and determination. One woman in particular is Sharon Wei, a local Columbus jewelry designer who focuses on freshwater pearls from her home country of China.
In 2004, a beautiful, vivacious and visibly pregnant young Sharon walked through the doors of Argo & Lehne with no scheduled appointment. As a side note, when Sharon walks into a room she has a happy glow that is truly infectious. Of course we were drawn to her persuasive personality, but when she showed us the quality and design of her workmanship we were hooked. She landed her first big account and we landed one of our hottest lines and a friend for life.
Freedom a la Cart is a unique approach to catering through cause cuisine. They offer a large, tasty selection of culinary delights from breakfast ‘til dinner such as bacon wrapped dates, or their signature box lunches.
Their mission is to empower survivors of human trafficking to build a new life of freedom and self-sufficiency. They believe that those who have lived in slavery should be empowered through economic independence. They are committed to training members of the community on the issue surrounding human trafficking in Franklin Country, as well as providing care to survivors.
Not only do they provide support services and workforce training, but they actually employ 25-30 females who are all survivors of human trafficking. The survivors employed must be referred by a program and have completed a drug and alcohol recovery program before their start.Continue Reading
We are kicking off the month of March by featuring the first of four woman’s cause organization, Dress for Success Columbus! They strive to empower the career-focused ladies out there who may be struggling to land that interview or seeking extra guidance on how to succeed.
Dress for Success Columbus promotes the economic independence of women in need by providing professional attire, a network of support, and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. They address every phase of a woman’s career by providing a number of programs: Interview and Employment Suiting, Career Center, Job Training, and Professional Women’s Group Employment Retention. These programs are free of charge for every woman they assist. Any woman referred by a community partner is eligible for service.
The mission of CHOICES is to interrupt the cycle of domestic violence in this community and advocate for social change. CHOICES defines domestic violence as physical assault, psychological, emotional, economic and/or sexual abuse between intimate partners. This cuts across all geographic, religious, socio-economic, racial, sex and age barriers. Domestic violence increases in frequency and severity within a relationship yet is not a relationship issue. Domestic violence is learned, criminal, generational, cyclical, and is correlated with substance abuse.
It’s that time of year!
Cue the smiles, pictures and cake — that special person in your life is graduating and moving on to bigger things! You want to help celebrate and recognize all the hard work and late nights, but where to even begin?
Whether your graduate is throwing her cap off to high school, college or doctoral work, she deserves the biggest of congratulations. And of course, the most special gift in the world! (more…)Continue Reading