BOZEMAN, Mont. - On Small Business Saturday, consumers are encouraged to shop local to help boost the local economy.
Shop owners in Bozeman are hoping to see a good turnout this year, as they offer deals and attractions of their own to bring in sales.
The Last Wind-Up in Downtown Bozeman was crowded ahead of the big day, as they unveiled a special display- a rare clock, the only one like it in the U.S.
On Friday afternoon, folks gathered to gander at the Eight-Man Pendulum Grandfather Clock- a 6-foot, 7-inch tall spectacle that features metal men turning wire-wound gears to swing the pendulum and tick the hands.
The clock shop was also celebrating more than 20 years in business.
Owner Dave Berghold said the wire sculpture grandfather clock is only one of two in the world- the other belonging to a private owner in London.
He said they're excited to feature the piece, and looking forward to showing it to customers on Small Business Saturday.
"Small businesses are what build the character" Berghold said. "Many customers come into my shop, and they're amazed at the vitality of Downtown Bozeman. And why? It's because the business owners are so passionate about what they do."
The makers of that rare clock, Terri Bradt and Terry Clark, were at the reception and said it was wonderful that Berghold is showing off their piece.
"When he found out that we were doing these, he wanted to put them in his shop" Bradt said. "We were very proud that he has the confidence to display it for us."
Bradt and Clark work for Kinetico Studios of Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Bradt's father, Gordon Bradt, invented and patented the wire-wound gears featured in the clock.
She said they hope to make 100 of those grandfather clocks. The Last Wind-Up's model is the 2nd in the edition, and the only one in the world on public display.
To take a look for yourself, head to the Last Wind-Up on Main Street.