With no one left to run the shop, a St. Louis clockmaster calls it quits

Austin Huguelet, St. Louis Post-Dispatch on

Published in Business News

"It was recession proof," Good said. "There was stuff I wouldn't pull out of a dumpster, but people would pay for it."

They might be able to visit a Clockmaster again somewhere after July 31. Good says he's still talking to someone who owns some other shops in the area about buying the business.

But he's done, he says.

He'll bring home one of the Atmos clocks. The rest of the shop will have to go. His wife has a honey-do list a mile long, and they recently purchased a small farm near Warsaw, Missouri, on Truman Lake. "We're going to be raising chickens," Good said.

All that's left now is to give everyone back their clocks, lock the doors and go home.


Still, it's not clear home will be an escape.

The other day, a roofer came over and told him about all the clocks he needed to get fixed. And Good was drawn in, again.

Plus, he has ideas of his own. What about a cuckoo clock with an American twist: a locomotive chugging around a tiny track in place of the bird, railroad spike weights instead of pinecones?

"I don't want to sound like a Pollyanna about this job," he said. "But it's pretty cool."

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