Passing Time Too opens in New London
By Scott Bellile
A Waupaca couple has started a downtown New London business to join two enterprises that they’re optimistic will have a market in the area.
Passing Time Too, 112 W. North Water St., combines the artistry of longtime tattooist Peter Kuehl with the second-generation clock repair business owned by his fiancee, New London native Heather (Krauss) Jensen.
“We’re both very unique, so it probably doesn’t surprise anybody that we came up with something like this,” Jensen said. “We work very well together and collaborate well.”
Kuehl has run tattoo parlors throughout the U.S. while Jensen continues the clock repair and restoration work of her father, Stephen Krauss, who used to run Passing Time in Weyauwega.
The namesake of Passing Time Too signifies a spin-off of Passing Time while also covering the tat“too” end of the business.
Although the businesses inside Passing Time Too appear seemingly unrelated, Kuehl said there is a connection. Tattooing and telling time are both practices with cultural importance that date back to ancient times.
“Just the history involved in them both is pretty deep,” Kuehl said. “You can get pretty far back.”
Kuehl has been tattooing since his late teen years growing up in Green Bay in the late 1980s. He apprenticed in New York at a time when he said a tattoo scene barely existed. He returned to Green Bay and opened the parlor Heavy Imagery in 1990. He kept that open until 2004 while also managing tattoo shops around the Eastern U.S.
Kuehl said he’s been able to support himself on his art since age 16. He said he’s done every style of art and enjoys painting, sculpting and airbrushing. He said he’ll draw any type of tattoo a customer asks for.
“I don’t specialize in anything. I specialize in doing good clean, solid tattoos of any style,” Kuehl said.
As for Jensen, she grew up following her father around his workshop as he repaired clocks when he wasn’t working at Curwood. Jensen took up clock repair work in 2012 after hand surgeries made her unable to work her previous job.
Jensen specializes in repairing antique clocks and grandfather clocks in-shop or on house calls, but she fixes almost anything with two hands and 12 numbers on the face (excluding wristwatches).
“It’s a dying art,” Jensen said. “That’s really where my advantage is because not that many people do it anymore.”
Two contributors to her business are people inherit antique clocks and buying them at auctions or flea markets. She draws from many of her father’s past customers and gained business after media coverage by the Waupaca County Post and Fox 11 last summer.
The couple lives in the former Sunny View School near Waupaca where Jensen previously worked out of home. Jensen said they moved business to New London this winter believing it to be a prime market near the Fox Valley and Green Bay.
“If it wasn’t for finding the schoolhouse we probably would’ve considered moving, but it’s too awesome,” Jensen said.
Passing Time Too is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.