Frank Clark Building Open for Business
WILKES-BARRE — Monday was opening day for a jewelry store that moved into an old building in downtown Wilkes-Barre.
“It was the Tiffany’s of Wilkes-Barre, they called it,” said Craig Wilson of Wilkes-Barre.
Shimmering jewels inside and a polished look outside.
All signs that the Frank Clark building on South Main Street in Wilkes-Barre had opened its doors for the first time in about 20 years.
“It looks great and it brings a tear to my eye when I walk in,” said Wilson.
Wilson’s father was a salesperson in the original Frank Clark jewelry store from the 1950′s to the 80′s.
The store opened in the late 1800s. It closed in the early 1990s and remained empty until now.
“Especially when we drove past it and saw it empty, it was sad to see it sitting here,” said Craig Wilson, of Wilkes-Barre.
Ilona Bruns and her husband bought the place and turned it back into a jewelry store, now called Ocean Gold. Ilona said it took her 18 years to save up the money to buy it.
“I saw it and I just absolutely fell in love with it. It just reminded me of my dad’s jewelry store, you know that old jeweler,” said owner Ilona Bruns.
The owners said they’d like to keep some of the old mixed in with the new, which is why they’re going to have this memorabilia wall featuring all items from Frank Clark’s original building, including this old newspaper clipping.
“Hopefully we’re re-creating that Frank Clark era into a new history,” said Bruns.
That’s what Katie Burnside of Dallas hopes for as well. Her family used to own the building.
“A lot of businesses were closing and it was just another one to go and a big part of history,” said Katie Burnside, of Dallas.
A big part of history that’s now making a new history in Wilkes-Barre’s downtown.