Nevin Franke, Burnie’s Rock Shop owner

Posted on April 24, 2013


Nevin Franke grew up rockhounding out West and cut his first rock when he was only 7 years old. His father, Burnie, started Burnie’s Rock Shop in 1962, the year Franke was born.

He met his wife, Sonali, at the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show, and the two have been running Burnie’s for the past nine years. Burnie is turning 90 this year and remains involved at the shop.

“It’s always been a family business, so everybody who’s worked here has been just like family,” says Franke. “Most of the people who work here, we’d be more than happy to spend our spare time with.”

— Kate Northey