Since 1967, Ruud's has been providing service to our customers in Oregon City based on integrity and experience.
The Ruud's story begins in 1914, when Ivar Ruud arrived in Oregon City on his way to Monitor, Oregon. He missed the trolley to take him to Monitor, and noticed a large Jewelery store, Burmeister and Andresen's, on the corner. He went inside, introduced himself, and asked if they had need of a watchmaker. They did, and hired him immediately. He worked there until his death in 1953.
His son, Nils, worked there after graduating from school, and apprenticed under his father's watchful eye. It was there that he met, and later married Jo Toal (neé Sanetel). They had one son, Gary. In 1967, Burmeister and Andresen closed it's doors, leaving Nils and Jo with a decision to make about Nils' employement. They took a chance, borrowed a little money, and opened Ruud's Jewelers. Nils worked there alone for a few years (Jo had a job at a real estate agency in Portland), but when their son Gary graduated from school, he came to work for his father. In those days, you had to be licensed to be a watchmaker in the state of Oregon, and Gary apprenticed under his father's expert tutoring.
Gary married his high school sweetheart, Reneé Wedding, in 1972, and they had two children - Michelle, born in 1975, and Katie Jo, born in 1980. When Michelle was a Sophomore in high school, she began working alongside her grandfather in the store, learning the jewelers trade from him. By the time Nils and Jo retired at the end of 1999, Michelle was well able to step in and take her grandfather's place in the family business. In 2007, Katie also began working in the family business, learning from both her Grandfather and her sister.
Michelle's son, Gannon, and Katie's son, Brennan, have grown up at Ruud's. In 2008, Michelle brought another son into the family and the storefront with the birth of her 2nd son, Parker. You may still see Parker in the store when he's off from school.
The whole family prides itself on being honest, hardworking, and putting customer service foremost in it's business strategy.