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Warren Buffett’s Annual Letter Coming Saturday

February 23rd, 2017

Clear your calendar. Block off your Saturday. Get your reading glasses cleaned and at-the-ready.

Saturday morning, our esteemed Chairman Warren Buffett is expected to release his annual letter to shareholders. It’s full of details on how Berkshire Hathaway is performing, a general outlook on the world, funny anecdotes and one-liners, and information about this year’s Berkshire Hathaway shareholders weekend.

In advance of the letter, Berkshire Hathaway already released a little news about the weekend, and it’s big news for our friends in Kansas City and Dallas.

For the first time, Nebraska Furniture Mart will offer the Berkshire Hathaway discounts at ALL their locations – not just the Omaha store.

The meeting will also be live streamed once again, allowing shareholders and non shareholders around the world to get a taste of the meeting.

But we all know that there is no substitute for being in Omaha and experiencing Berkshire Hathaway shareholders weekend firsthand. So book that trip and get ready. May 6th is approaching quickly.

Mark Your Calendars!

November 7th, 2016

It’s time to start your planning.

The 2017 Berkshire Hathaway shareholders meeting is scheduled for

May 6, 2017

in Omaha!

Use our handy dandy blog to start thinking about your plans.

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Warren Buffett Helps Couple Get Engaged at Borsheims

May 1st, 2016

Warren Buffett helped a couple get engaged at Borsheims during Berkshire Hathaway shareholders weekend. Borsheims is proud to share in the special moments in our customers’ lives – and feels even more privileged when Chairman and CEO Warren Buffett can make those moments extra special!

Michael Dentlinger, who works for a Berkshire Hathaway company in Omaha, wrote to Mr. Buffett asking for his help in proposing to his girlfriend, Rachel Gogan. Mr. Buffett agreed and, a few weeks after Mr. Dentlinger purchased the engagement ring from Borsheims, Mr. Buffett pulled the ring out of his pocket and Mr. Dentlinger dropped to his knee and proposed.

You can download photos of the proposal here.

The engagement happened at the tail end of Berkshire Hathaway shareholders weekend in Omaha. Thousands of shareholders visited Borsheims throughout the weekend, buying jewelry, watches, and gifts. They also watched as Mr. Buffett and Bill Gates played table tennis against Olympian Ariel Hsing and played bridge with bridge experts Bob Hamann and Sharon Osberg.

Borsheims is privileged to share in the special moments in our customers’ lives. We believe in treating this opportunity with the respect and importance it deserves. If you have any questions about Borsheims or the events at Borsheims during shareholder weekend, please contact:

Trisha Meuret: 402.658.0017, tmeuret1@gmail.com
Adrienne Fay: 402.391.0400, adriennefay@borsheims.com
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Berkshire Hathaway Companies By the Numbers

May 1st, 2016

We mentioned that the theme for this year’s Berkshire Hathaway shareholders meeting is “Berkshire By the Numbers.”

Walking around the exhibitors hall was a fascinating look into the Berkshire Hathaway businesses.

If you weren’t able to attend the meeting this year, check out these photos in the slideshow. You’ll learn a lot about Berkshire Hathaway – how big it is, the diversity of the business, and lots of fun facts.

 
Created with flickr slideshow.

Sunday Funday at Borsheims

May 1st, 2016

Sunday is such a fun day at Borsheims. It’s really my favorite day of Berkshire shareholders weekend. It’s a little more relaxed than the rest, and we have all these fun games happening in Regency Court – right outside of Borsheims.

Back by popular demand… my helpful hints to playing the games today:

 

BRIDGE Bridge is again upstairs this year on the second floor of Regency Court. Anyone is welcome to play as long as they know how to play bridge. It helps if you already have your foursome put together, but if you’re solo come upstairs and sign up and we’ll try to get a group together for you. Bridge usually begins at 1pm, but a few people have been known to start playing earlier. We will have the sign-up sheet ready at noon and if you definitely want a seat, that’s when you should arrive. The experts, Sharon Osberg and Bob Hamann usually arrive between noon and 1pm. In his letter to shareholders, Warren Buffett says he will play them and hopes to “have Ajit and Charlie there also.”

Ariel Hsing plays Warren Buffett and Bill Gates

Olympian Ariel Hsing plays Warren Buffett and Bill Gates in Table Tennis at the 2012 Shareholders Meeting

TABLE TENNIS Mr. Buffett asked Ariel Hsing, Olympic Table Tennis star, back to Borsheims for another shareholders weekend! We are expecting her to start playing around 1pm. Shareholders can form a queue to try their table tennis skills against the young champ. We will provide paddles and balls, but if you are partial to your own paddle, you are welcome to bring it. Ms. Hsing usually stays for a few hours and rarely gets beat, but you’re welcome to try! We expect Mr. Buffett and Bill Gates to lead off the play with her.

MAGICIAN Norman Beck is an excellent magician and will do tricks in front of (and to) any shareholder near where he’s performing. He is usually located near Williams Sonoma, so be camped out there if you’re hoping to catch his show.

Hope you can join us for the fun!

Borsheims By the Numbers

April 30th, 2016

I’ve mentioned that the theme for this year’s Berkshire Hathaway weekend is “Berkshire Hathaway by the numbers.”

Each subsidiary was asked to submit some numbers about their company to Berkshire Hathaway headquarters. It was fun thinking about Borsheims and Berkshire Hathaway weekend in this way.

Here are a few of the fun facts from Borsheims:

Berkshire Weekend Fun Facts
  • During the 2015 Berkshire Hathaway weekend we were visited by over 27,000 guests
  • To thank them for their patronage, we fed them.  We went through:
    • 25,000 meatballs
    • 2,000 pounds of chicken
    • 9,000 squares of quiche
    • 600 pounds of polish sausage
    • 15,000 cocktail buns
    • 2,000 pounds of roast beef to serve on those cocktail buns
    • 1,000 pounds of fresh fruit
    • 800 pounds of veggies
    • 300 pounds of ranch dip
    • 1,000 pounds of cheese
  • It is all worth it however, because Borsheims processes a credit card every 11 seconds during the weekend. And in 2015, we sold 132 loose diamonds instore and online.
  • We processed over 2,500 transactions at the Borsheims pop up booth at the CenturyLink Center in 2015.
  • We used over 11,000 yard of ribbon that weekend alone (that’s more than six miles).
  • Borsheims is very busy the rest of the year as well. In 2014 we processed 98,000 sales tickets and assisted 42,000 clients with purchases.  That works out to an average 2.33 sales per client.
  • Throughout the year, we sold 160,000 units of merchandise and engraved something on 1000 of them.  That means that 3.5 items per day are personalized with a meaningful heartfelt message.
  • We accepted 14,000 in-house jewelry repairs in 2014, special ordered 6000 items to meet the specific desires of our clients, and changed the battery in 7,000 watches.
  • That is a lot of business. We are very thankful for it!

Peek Into Borsheims Gift Gallery

April 30th, 2016

Not only does Borsheims bring in incredible jewelry and watches for Berkshire Hathaway shareholders weekend, but we also make sure our gift gallery is stocked with great items.

We have several new vendors you might notice when visiting the gift gallery this weekend. Here are a few highlights:

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The wood items are from GG Collection – and are called “contemporary European decor” for the kitchen.

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I love this zebra laundry basket – especially for a child’s room. And if you’re from out-of-town, we know how to ship!

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We’ve carried Kosta Boda for years, but I’ve never seen lipstick decor quite this large.

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Simon Pearce is another favorite vendor. These vases and bowls are incredible pieces of art.

IMG_0731 These quartz votive holders are from Kathryn McCoy. We have them in a wide variety of sizes.
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Simon Pearce has a really updated look this year, bringing in the crystalline look.

Don’t forget those amazing Swarovski crystal encrusted animals we talked about the other day, either!

Come in to get a full view of what all we have in store. It’s a packed gift gallery for Berkshire weekend!

Behind the Scenes: Opening Borsheims for Shareholders

April 30th, 2016

It takes a lot of work to open Borsheims for shareholders each day during Berkshire Hathaway weekend.

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Our vendors bring in cases of extra jewelry and watches – and we have to fill our cases each morning.

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Our florist always brings in beautiful floral arrangements for the weekend. Each morning they makes sure the flowers are looking great!

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Our facilities team works so hard making sure the store sparkles – even with thousands of people coming through every day.

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And our sales people – besides getting the jewelry ready – help to make sure the cases are nice and smudge-free.
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When the clock strikes 10am, the amazing security team opens the gates and lets the crowds in.

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Welcome to Borsheims, shareholders! We’re glad to have you here – and glad to do the work it takes to make your weekend great!

Watching the Berkshire Hathaway Meeting Online

April 30th, 2016

If – for some crazy reason – you didn’t come to Omaha for this year’s Berkshire Hathaway shareholders meeting…

Or if you just wanted to stay at home this morning and recover from the big Borsheims cocktail party last night…

Or if you’re shopping the CenturyLink Center’s Berkyville, eating a Dilly Bar, and waiting to buy your Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger Coca Cola Tumbler…

Never Fear! You can watch this year’s annual shareholders meeting online at Yahoo Finance.

We met some of the crew from Yahoo earlier this week – they’ll have a story about Borsheims on before the shareholders meeting broadcast and during “halftime” (or lunch, as we call it).

We loved having the crew in store, including reporter Nicole Sinclair. I think she enjoyed it, too! Here she is with about $10 million in jewelry from Borsheims!

Nicole Sinclair Yahoo Finance

The live broadcast starts at 9am Central!

Media: Guidelines for Borsheims Events; Sunday Games with Warren Buffett

April 29th, 2016

Members of the media:

Welcome to Berkshire Hathaway weekend at Borsheims!

We are happy to have you visit our store and attend our shareholder-only events once you have received credentials from Berkshire Hathaway headquarters.

Here are the guidelines to covering the events at Borsheims:

 

FRIDAY, APRIL 29Shareholder-Only Cocktail Party from 6pm to 9pm
  • Media should check in at the northeast entrance of the parking lot (near Evereve)
  • Just like shareholders, media will need to go through the metal detectors and have their bags checked before being allowed in
  • An additional media and information kiosk is in the center of Regency Court where you can find answers to any questions
  • Media is welcome to cover shareholders both inside and outside of Borsheims, but will need to be escorted due to security restrictions
SUNDAY, MAY 1 – Shareholder-Only Shopping Day from 9am to 4pm
  • Media should check in at the northeast entrance of the parking lot (near Evereve)
  • Just like shareholders, media will need to go through the metal detectors and have their bags checked before being allowed in
  • Media is welcome to talk with shareholders inside and outside of Borsheims, but will need to be escorted due to security restrictions.
  • In his Letter to Shareholders, Warren Buffett says he expects to arrive around 1pm to play bridge with friends and table tennis against Ariel Hsing.
  • We will have media risers set up near bridge and table tennis to accommodate you.
We are thrilled to have you visiting Borsheims this year and would love to answer any questions you may have. This blog has a lot of additional information for you, but feel free to contact us with any media-related questions:

Trisha Meuret: 402.658.0017, tmeuret1@gmail.com

Adrienne Fay: 402.391.0400, adriennefay@borsheims.com