Thursday, April 9, 2015

I'LL MEET YOU AT THE CLOCK

A Local Landmark--the Falkenberg Clock


Serving the Walla Walla Valley since 1906, Falkenberg's Jewelers was founded by Kristian Falkenberg, "jeweler, silversmith, and optician" who emigrated from Norway in 1893. After settling in Walla Walla, he opened his first store at 42 East Main in the space that is now occupied by Macy's shoe department.

Six years later in 1912 after moving to the current location at 6 East Main Street, Mr. Falkenberg installed the unique American-made clock on the sidewalk outside his store and started the routine of winding it once a week. The clock still keeps time over 100 years later.

The reflection
 of the clock can be seen along with the French flag in the next-door window of Brasserie Four, an authentic French restaurant run by local owner and chef Hannah MacDonald.