A Tale of Two Generations (and Two Cities) at Ohio’s Komara Jewelers



At 13, Stephen Komara emigrated from Czechoslovakia to the United States. He wanted to work in Youngstown, Pa.’s then-famed steel mills, but injuries sustained in World War II forced him to choose another path: He studied watchmaking at the New Castle School of Trades and opened Komara Jewelers in October 1948 in Struthers, Ohio. Stephen’s sons Bob and Tom eventually entered the business. Today, Komara Jewelers’ Canfield and Howland locations serve Ohio’s northeastern Mahoning and Trumbull counties, and it’s Bob’s son Rob (who handles repairs and custom work) and daughter Brianna (who does appraisals and inventory management) who are ushering in the next generation.STARTING YOUNG…Bob: At 6 or 7 years old, I’d help with cleaning the cases or taking out the trash. I came from a family of seven, so everyone took their turn working in the store. Back then, my father started a
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