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Borsheims By the Numbers

Saturday, 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!

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

Friday, 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

There’s an App for This, BRKers!

Friday, April 29th, 2016

 

Our friend Brent Truell has updated his Berkshire Hathaway shareholder weekend app for this year’s meeting! It’s always so handy to be able to carry around an app that has all the weekend’s official information at the touch of your fingers.

It’s called the BRK Annual Meeting Guide – search for it under Berkshire Hathaway in the app store.

BRK Weekend App

 

During my time on the shareholder information desk outside Borsheims, I reference it all day long! We quickly run out of the hard copies of the visitor’s guides – and many people don’t want to carry a visitor’s guide around all weekend anyway.

And bonus! Brent made a fun Berkshire Hathaway game, too

Use the Official Hashtag of Berkshire Weekend 2016

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

We love connecting with all of you throughout Berkshire Hathaway weekend and the best way to do it is by using the hashtag #BRK2016.

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Bonus – if you use the hashtag on Instagram and Twitter, your posts will appear on the giant video screen inside Regency Court and in the tent outside Borsheims. It’s a great way to interact with others throughout the event.

Use the hashtag. Connect. Be on the big screen. #BRK2016

Back by Popular Demand… Warren Buffett Signed Diamonds

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

We call it Warren Buffett’s tiniest and most valuable signature.

It’s so tiny that the signature can only be seen through a jewelry loupe.

WEB Signature Inscription

We’ve sold a very limited collection of diamonds inscribed with Warren Buffett’s signature the past few Berkshire weekends and they always sell out very quickly.

So we’ve brought another limited collection back.

We have 40 loose stones – ranging from under a carat to more than five carats. They are round and square shaped diamonds. You can choose to have them made into rings, pendants, earrings, or about anything else you can dream up.

The price on them for shareholders is incredible – starting at just under $1,900 for the smallest stones to $134,000 for the 5.34 carat round.

If you want one, act fast! They’re usually all snatched up by the Sunday of Berkshire weekend.

Get a Sneak Peek of the #BRK2016 Visitor’s Guide

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

We have a special treat for Berkshire Hathaway shareholders today. How about a sneak peek of the 2016 Visitor’s Guide!?!

Visitor's GuideWe’ve linked to it on the right hand side of this page.

Or you can just click here to see it, too.

If you don’t have time to peruse it now, I can tell you that it is very similar to guides from prior years. One thing did catch my eye… Fruit of the Loom may have outdone themselves this year. Check out their ad from the 2016 Visitor’s Guide. Happy reading!

Berky Boxers

 

Watch the BRK Meeting Online This Year

Friday, January 29th, 2016

Well this is news!

The Omaha World Herald and the Wall Street Journal are reporting that Berkshire Hathaway will stream this year’s annual meeting online. Shareholders have been asking about this possibility for years and we are glad to see it happening!

In no particular order, here are a list of the reasons why this will be awesome:
  • More people than ever will get a glimpse of the hilarity that is Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger combined.
  • The meeting gets bigger every year – last year the overflow room I was in was standing-room-only and I heard all the overflow rooms were equally as packed. I don’t think having people sit on each other’s laps through the day-long meeting is a great plan, so….
  • A live stream of the meeting means more shopping time for shareholders! They can browse at Borsheims while watching the meeting on our in-store big screens or their smartphones.
  • Two words: Berkshire Movie. Once that piece of fine art is online, it is bound to go viral.
  • Shareholders will still come to Omaha. In droves. If not only for the chance to hang with other shareholders and get a glimpse of Warren Buffett, they definitely will keep coming for our free food and drinks and amazing shopping!
In all seriousness, we are glad to see Berkshire Hathaway make this technology leap. The more people who can learn from Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger, the better, right?

And for the few shareholders who may opt to sit this trip to Omaha out and watch from the comfort of their far away city, we welcome them to get their Berkshire souvenirs and fine jewelry anytime they wish from our handy dandy website, borsheims.com.

 

Save the Date: April 29 – May 1, 2016

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

Save the date. Start booking the plane tickets. And I hope you have reserved your hotel already!

Berkshire Hathaway Shareholders’ Weekend is just a few short months away.

The festivities will kick off on April 29 and wrap up May 1. The actual meeting will be held April 30th.

We’re deep in planning mode, so get ready for another fun year!

Berkshire Weekend 2016

Thank You Mr. Buffett and Mr. Gates. Thank You Shareholders.

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

What an amazing day at Borsheims!

We had two legendary philanthropists, businessmen, and overall amazing humans visit us.Buffett and Gates play ping pong

 

They may not be the best table tennis players in the world (that title may rest with Olympian Ariel Hsing, who played Buffett and Gates and then Berkshire shareholders for nearly two hours Sunday afternoon), but Warren Buffett and Bill Gates were a delight to have at Borsheims once again.

Gates, Buffett, Hsing They played table tennis and then sat down for a few hands of bridge with bridge expert Sharon Osberg and several other shareholders.

buffett gates bridge

We feel so fortunate to be a part of the Berkshire Hathaway family every day of the year, but nothing reminds us more of our good fortune than the Sunday of Berkshire Hathaway shareholders weekend.

Thanks to all our shareholders who travel from all over the world to visit with us, shop with us, and celebrate 50 years of Berkshire Hathaway with us.

Here’s to 50 more!

Berkshire Hathaway in Good Company Turning 50

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

1965 must have been a pretty fabulous year, because a lot of wonderful things (and cool people) are turning 50 this year.

Here’s a very incomplete rundown of the company Berkshire Hathaway is in for this major milestone.

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Tom and Jerry first appeared on tv 50 years ago.

 

Comedian Chris Rock turned 50 earlier this year.

Comedian Chris Rock turned 50 earlier this year.

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Slash turns 50 years old in 2015.

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Two Sex and the City cast members turn 50 this year. Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker) and Charlotte (Kristin Davis).

 

The Sound of Music turns 50 this year.

The Sound of Music turns 50 this year.

The March on Selma happened 50 years ago.

The March on Selma happened 50 years ago.


The Beatles’ Yesterday Album was released in 1965.