A clockmaker or “horologist” is a practitioner of a timeless art form encompassing not just a love of craft and history, but a genuine passion for people and the precious memories their heirlooms represent. In 1987, Harley and Mary Hunter set out with this idea to open Grandfather’s Clock Gallery and Clinic. They receive their first shipment of grandfather clocks from Howard Miller on “Black Monday,” October 19, 1987, on which the Dow Jones dropped 508 points (22%) into an unexpected recession.
Despite the challenging times, Harley and Mary’s reputation for excellence quickly spread throughout Green Country, and their business continued to grow. In 2001, they acquired a larger building with more showroom and workshop space. Just off 31st and Yale, the new showroom became home to more than 400 unique and wonderful clocks with much more room for repairs and service.
Today, the Hunter’s legacy of passion and craftsmanship is carried on by new generation. In 2017, then-manager and repairman Travis Grether formally acquired the business and is set to continue a family tradition of his own with his fiancee, assistant manager and fellow clockmaker Talitha Moser. Harley and Mary still continue to enjoy their trade part time and have shared their passion with the entire staff. Each clockmaker is specially-trained in the history and upkeep of these mechanical wonders, and they love meeting new clocks and customers every day.