The life and times of a White Bear Ave. watchmaker

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Bob Tuerk, the 79-year-old owner of House of Clocks on White Bear Avenue, has been on a nonstop grind since he was 14, and doesn’t plan on slowing down any time soon.

Succession was not in the cards for House of Clocks. 

The clock and repair shop, with dark brown grandfather clocks decorating its building, has been at the intersection of White Bear Avenue and Arlington Avenue East since 1975. Bob Tuerk, its fiercely independent and hardworking owner, has been there the whole time.

The plan, set around 2014, he says, was that he’d take on an apprentice, who would eventually take over the store. The guy bailed. 

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