When Karl and Robin Tanke lock up Henri’s Jewelry for the last time toward the end of the year, they’ll be closing the door on a Littleton mainstay that has been connecting people with beloved …
Henri’s Jewelry bids farewell after 83 years
Hometown favorite gleams its last as owners prepare to travel
Karl Tanke swaps out a battery in a customer’s watch. Karl is a certified master watchmaker. “When I need to make parts for an old mechanical watch, I can,” Karl said. “People don’t like to pay for them, though.”
photos by avid Gilbert
Claudia Hunt shows off her refurbished wedding ring. “Robin put a beautiful halo around my diamond,” Hunt said. “It’s so much prettier now. It’s going to be hard to find a place to replace this one in my heart.”
Joe Brooks, a self-described "worker bee," tallies up customer purchases. "They're just simply wonderful people," Brooks said of the Tankes. "The response to the closing speaks volumes for how they've handled themselves."
A photo of Karl and Robin Tanke in younger days sits beneath the glass top of the watchmaker's bench. Karl and Robin bought the shop from Karl's dad in 1971.