WEST ALLIS — On a corner in downtown West Allis, sits a shop is dedicated to selling and repairing time.
"You know we are a destination shop. We get a lot of people from not only the city but the state," says Gloria Hawkins, owner of Hawkins Clock Center.
With over 4,000 clocks in stock, one could lose track of time inside Hawkins Clock Center. Thankfully, owner Gloria knows how to maximize each customer's visit.
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"I believe strongly that when you try to sell a product you need to be able to verify the product. Every single grandfather clock that I sell, I have been to their factory and I can tell you firsthand about these people and the reliability of their products," says Gloria.
With 50 years of business under her belt, Gloria is a walking encyclopedia.
"Do you know that cuckoo clocks had been around since 1848? It started as a cottage industry where people during the wintertime would carve these cuckoo clocks. Then during the spring they would send a peddler to sell these clocks, and they are still doing it today," says Gloria.
It's that knowledge and passion that has allowed Hawkins Clock Center to withstand the test of time.
Moving toward online sales while the shop was closed for two months, things are getting back to normal with customers and clocks under the same roof.
"Gradually getting better. People are coming in and people are again like I said it's very hard to sell a big clock through the internet. You can only look so much at the pictures. But touching it, listening to it, that's the beauty of the clocks and you have to do that firsthand," says Gloria.
Whether you like to take time with you or display it as a piece of art the Hawkins Clock Center has the perfect tick and the perfect tock for you.
Visit Hawkins Clock Center at 7301 W Greenfield Ave.