CHURCHILL has been voted one of America's Top Three "Coolest" Jewelry Boutiques by InDesign/InStore Magazine , TOP 50 Jewelry Retailers in the USA by JCK, and voted Kansas City's Best Accessories Store by KC Magazine. CHURCHILL's pieces have been featured in such leading fashion magazines as Vogue, Town and Country, Harper's Bazaar, Elle, W, and many others. Also, one of the few authorized retailers of Lorraine Schwartz jewelry.
CHURCHILL is owned and operated by interior designer Sally Hilkene. For more than 30 years, Ms. Hilkene's work in hundreds of fine homes earned her a distinguished reputation for taste and style.
It has been Ms. Hilkene's goal to open a retail and online store that represents her eclectic style and interests in art, antiques, jewelry and accessories. Thus, the store prides itself on its capacity to deliver an exceptional collection of pieces with wide-ranging appeal to customers from all realms: private collectors, interior designers and everyday consumers with a great eye for quality, and uniqueness.
Ms. Hilkene was named one of Kansas City's ultimate tastemakers as the city's trend spotter and one of the top three interior designers in the city. In 2004, Sally was selected as a member of the Designers Board at Leslie Hindman's Chicago Antiques Fair. Sally was honored as one of the original Fab Over FIfty Independent Boutique owners sponsored by Oil of Olay and Citibank.
Ms. Hilkene also serves on a number of civic boards and organizations, and she is an active member of the Kansas City philanthropic community. A percentage of all CHURCHILL sales are donated to selected charities every month.
CHURCHILL welcomes back "Stylist Extraordinaire", Jon Fulton Adams to our staff as
Director of Media & Special Projects. Jon was photographed by Tom Styrkowicz/53Tom.com who is currently photographing the Nonprofit Connect "Rising Stars of Philanthropy" for 2013.
"Dear Sally Hilkene,
How can I ever thank you for your generosity of spirit - allowing me to have my magnificent ring.
And, my visit to CHURCHILL was an unexpected adventure of pure magic and fun. The shop was created by an educated connoisseur for other connoisseurs, collectors, elegant fashionables and people who love beauty in all forms.
Another great surprise is your staff. They take such care of and show such genuine warmth towards everyone who walks through your gorgeous front doors.
Churchill has been named one of America's Coolest Stores by INSTORE, the magazine for the American jewelry store owner. The Fairway, KS, business finished in the top three for the Small Cool division for stores with five or fewer employees.
A total of 111 stores entered the ninth annual contest that highlights the best examples of independent jewelry retailers in North America.
"Every year we feel privileged to bring our readers the best of the best in our industry," said Ralf Kircher, INSTORE's executive editor. "From its marketing to its merchandising, Churchill easily falls into that category. Everything about the store is like a treasure waiting to be discovered."
Stores are judged in exterior appearance, interior appearance, store biography, advertising, website and overall individuality.
"Wow! When you go into Churchill, you've got to feel like you just walked into a jewelry treasure trove," said Patti David, one of the industry-based judges and co-owner of Zoltan David of Bee Cave, TX, winner of the 2009 Coolest Small Store. "Her eclectic assortment and beautiful ornate surroundings would make you feel like you can't leave until you've seen everything."
The top five winners in the two divisions are given trophies and featured in the August issue of INSTORE and at instoremag.com.
Sally Hilkene's Home Featured in SPACES
CHURCHILL FEATURED IN "INDESIGN"
CHURCHILL at Erica Courtney's Oscar Party
Two of Sally's three sons attended Erica Courtney's 10th Annual Oscar Party at the W Hotel in Beverly Hills.
(Clancey Hilkene, Kate Flannery from "The Office", Erica Courtney, Shayne Kiesbuey, and Cullen Hilkene)