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Private limos, a red carpet and stunning Rolex watches: New jewelry store treats its VIPs like gold

Private limos, a red carpet & stunning Rolexes: New store courts VIPs

Steve Nisenson, from left, Thomas Markle and Jason Johnson Sr. and Stacy Johnson at the Thomas Markle Jewelers grand opening at Gateway Memorial City December 2014
Steve Nisenson, from left, Thomas Markle, and Jason and Stacy Johnson. Photo courtesy of © Deji Osinulu Photography
Karen and Santiago Mora at the Thomas Markle Jewelers grand opening at Gateway Memorial City December 2014
Karen and Santiago Mora. Photo courtesy of © Deji Osinulu Photography
Robert and Elvira Cauthen, left, with Thomas Markle at the Thomas Markle Jewelers grand opening at Gateway Memorial City December 2014
Robert and Elvira Cauthen, left, with Thomas Markle. Photo courtesy of © Deji Osinulu Photography
Eduardo and Josie Villalon at the Thomas Markle Jewelers grand opening at Gateway Memorial City December 2014
Eduardo and Josie Villalon. Photo courtesy of © Deji Osinulu Photography
Angie Forester, from left, with Beth and Gerald Eaton at the Thomas Markle Jewelers grand opening at Gateway Memorial City December 2014
Angie Forester, left, with Beth and Gerald Eaton. Photo courtesy of © Deji Osinulu Photography
Essee Emdad showing a Rolex Submariner at the Thomas Markle Jewelers grand opening at Gateway Memorial City December 2014
Essee Emdad showing a Rolex Submariner. Photo courtesy of © Deji Osinulu Photography
Thomas Markle Jewelers grand opening at Gateway Memorial City December 2014
Thomas Markle Jewelers grand opening. Photo courtesy of © Deji Osinulu Photography
Signature gift wrapping at the Thomas Markle Jewelers grand opening at Gateway Memorial City December 2014
Signature gift wrapping. Photo courtesy of © Deji Osinulu Photography
Steve Nisenson, from left, Thomas Markle and Jason Johnson Sr. and Stacy Johnson at the Thomas Markle Jewelers grand opening at Gateway Memorial City December 2014
Karen and Santiago Mora at the Thomas Markle Jewelers grand opening at Gateway Memorial City December 2014
Robert and Elvira Cauthen, left, with Thomas Markle at the Thomas Markle Jewelers grand opening at Gateway Memorial City December 2014
Eduardo and Josie Villalon at the Thomas Markle Jewelers grand opening at Gateway Memorial City December 2014
Angie Forester, from left, with Beth and Gerald Eaton at the Thomas Markle Jewelers grand opening at Gateway Memorial City December 2014
Essee Emdad showing a Rolex Submariner at the Thomas Markle Jewelers grand opening at Gateway Memorial City December 2014
Thomas Markle Jewelers grand opening at Gateway Memorial City December 2014
Signature gift wrapping at the Thomas Markle Jewelers grand opening at Gateway Memorial City December 2014

When Thomas Markle opened his namesake jewelry emporium at Gateway Memorial City last week, he made sure that the celebration was one that would be talked about for weeks to come. 

He sent private limos to the homes of each of his VIP guests and whisked them to the emporium where they walked the red carpet and were greeted with special Sky-Dweller cocktails (blue champagne) named for Rolex's Sky-Dweller watch.

All six models in the new collection of the chic Sky-Dweller line, priced in the $30,000 to $40,000 range, were on display, a first for Texas. (The Sky-Dweller collection is on the move. The week before Markle's party, the most recent collection of these luxury timepieces was centerpiece of a Rolex party held in conjunction with Art Basel Miami.)

 Stellar Sweets supplied the chocolate truffles dusted with gold. What else for a luxury jewelry party? 

For guests in the market for a stunning watch, numerous other Rolex models were showcased in Thomas Markle Jewelers' 700 square-foot Rolex boutique, which is nestled within the 3,600 square foot store. 

Epicurean Delight provided an array of party foods including crab cakes, lobster canapes and poached oysters. Stellar Sweets supplied the chocolate truffles dusted with gold. What else for a luxury jewelry party?

The VIP guests included MetroNational senior veep Jason Johnson and wife Stacy, MetroNational President and COO Loc McNew, Strike USA exec Kacey Smart with wife CatinaMetroNational director of marketing Steve Nisenson, New World Marketing CEO Robert Cauthen and wife Elvira, Texas Diesel Maintenance president Dwayne Marcantel and wife Tracey and more.

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