Vergennes, one of the oldest and historical Vermont communities, will transport you to one of a kind stops of the day while visiting. Buying some time with David Welch, the owner of the Clock Shop, located at 33 Green St., will be worth your while in all respects. Time is of the essence according to David, and he has captured time in his nostalgic shop. He will leave you mesmerized and have you thinking what was it that made you want to stop in the first place?
Welch is involved not only in sales and repairs of all sorts of clocks, but he also offers many consignments.
It is his motto, Buy Some Time From Us that drives him. One of his famous lines includes, These clocks control, they take control, and I have no control. Sound familiar? Time does seem to get away from us. However, Welch gets the job done and is well regarded taking the time to make sure his customers leave confident and happy.
Welchs forte is clocks. Clocks are everywhere in the Vergennes shop, hanging, sprawled over counters, and near his workbench. Displaying and operating cuckoo clocks brings out ones inner child as we ponder the thoughts of days past.
On any given day, you can find Welch chatting with long-time customers and newcomers. Despite a busy schedule, Welch always has time, no matter what. (These days how many people can you honestly say that about anyone?) Many of us are too busy running the treadmill of life.
Welchs interest in the clock business began 25 years ago as a clerk at the Champlain Mills in Winooski. One year later he worked a carpentry job rebuilding the Tower Clock in Bristol in which his boss needed dial frames. Welchs establishment has been based in Vergennes for nine years. Previously, he spent nine years in Middlebury; before that he worked for the Green Mountain Clock Shop in Williston.
You will find Welch a personable character eager to share the history of Vergennes, as well as other Vermont communities; he will point you in the right direction. Those that cross Welchs path find him entertaining, helpful, and resourceful.
In addition to repairing and selling clocks, Welch carries an eclectic array of consignments from water pumps to antique engines and sparkplugs. Other treasures include antique tin-can furniture, safes, cash registers, Victor phonographs, stereos, milling machines, tools, musical instruments, typewriters, toys, dolls, books, lamps, and so much more. If he doesnt have it, Welch can find it for you or recommend you to someone else, as he is a member of many associations.
Coffeewho can forget coffee? Welchs window display of coffeepots includes percolators, both electric and non-electric, just like the ones your mother and grandmother used to use.
Think back on the old times and you will find fond memories at the Clock Shop.