Northern Michigan Living: Elizabeth Blair Fine Pearls of Harbor Springs has been recognized as one of America’s Coolest Small Jewelry Stores by INSTORE, the magazine for the American jewelry store owner. Elizabeth Blair Fine Pearls took third place.

The competition has taken place annually for the last decade, and has featured unique shops and boutiques nationwide. Winners of the competition are chosen from over 100 participants based on their exterior and interior appearance, quality and focus within the advertising department, website design, store biography, and the overall individuality as an entity.

Elizabeth Blair Fine Pearls, located in the downtown district of the lakeside town of Harbor Springs seems to have achieved a perfect score in each category.

“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 charming interior to its passion for pearls, Elizabeth Blair Fine Pearls easily falls into that category. But a store wouldn’t really fit our ‘cool’ criteria if it weren’t for such aspects as innovative marketing and creative retail environment.”

“We are absolutely thrilled beyond words that we received this award,” said Elizabeth “Dilly” Kirby, owner of Elizabeth Blair Fine Pearls. “To be tucked away here in Harbor Springs, Michigan and to win, competing against the finest stores across the country, is truly a national accomplishment. We are thankful to be embraced and accepted by so many diverse visitors and members of our community here in Harbor Springs.”

Kirby also notes that Elizabeth Blair Fine Pearls’ diverse offerings has aided the smooth reception and growing respect the Harbor Springs destination store has received.

Visit this Northern Michigan gem year round, open Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. in the summer and Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-5p.m. in the winter. Located at 115 W. Main Street, Harbor Springs. Call 526.7500 for more information or visit to see Elizabeth Blair Fine Pearls in the spotlight.