Meet The Owner – Country Clock Shop

March 18, 2023

Everett, Everett Economy

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Fred Kiesel began repairing clocks as a home-based business in 1987.

The store is open Tuesday – Saturday 9am – 4pm.

You’ll find clocks of all types.

For the past two decades Fred has maintained the clock at the Snohomish County Courthouse.

Grandfather clocks are currently on sale.

There is an amazing selection of motion clocks.

They’re happy to replace your watch battery or do more intricate watch repair.

For those in recovery programs there is a complete selection of materials, gifts and supplies.

Like many of the people featured in our “Meet the Owner” series Fred Kiesel found more joy from his “hobby” than working his regular career. In Fred’s case he was working as a systems analyst.

In 1987 he relocated to the Pacific Northwest from Vista, California and began repairing clocks out of his home. In 1991 he opened his first shop in Marysville and a second shop followed in Mount Vernon.

Around 2000 Fred consolidated those stores into the Country Clock Shop in Everett, Washington. With the closure of “A House of Clocks” in north Lynnwood a few years ago Fred is one of the few skilled clock repair technicians in the Puget Sound region.

“Everybody tells me I can’t retire,” Fred told me. “I’m tired, I just don’t get to be re-tired,” he joked and continued, “I really like what I do, we’re honest and fair and most of the people we deal with are understanding about what it may take to get their clock repaired. Jody has been working with me for two decades and Karen has been here eight years.”

It’s not just household clocks. For the past two decades Fred has maintained the clock at the Snohomish County Courthouse in downtown Everett. He’s also been chosen to work on the historic Coleman Clock which is being readied for display at the Ferry Terminal in Seattle, Washington.

In 1908 that timepiece originally was installed in a clock tower on the Coleman Dock at the Seattle waterfront. The clock ended up in the water after the tower was hit by the steamer “Alameda” in 1912. The clock has a storied history and was rescued from being sent back east to serve in a shopping mall when the Port of Seattle acquired it in 1984. The Port donated it to the Department of Transportation for display at the new Coleman Ferry Terminal.

Since a grandfather clock isn’t something you can easily toss into the car and drop off at the shop, Fred makes house calls and will travel to you to repair your large clock so you don’t have to move it. They service Western Washington from Seattle to Bellingham including the San Juan islands.

While the majority of Fred’s business is repair they do have an amazing selection of clocks of different types at the Country Clock Shop.

You’ll find Grandfather clocks, Cuckoo clocks, Mantle clocks and action clocks in a dizzying display of styles, colors and sounds.

There’s also a full time watch repair technician on staff.

Inside one corner of the store is a fully stocked shop for those in recovery programs.

The shop carries coins, books and resources for those in AA and NA programs. “There’s no intent to make money on these items but we want to support the recovery programs and those who participate,” Fred told me.

While the store doesn’t do online sales you can visit their website to learn more about them.

They’re located at 4714 Evergreen Way in the Claremont neighborhood of Everett and the phone number is 425-252-2360. Hours are Tuesday – Saturday 9am – 4pm.

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