Posted Nov 13th, 2019 in Retail Roundup
The word, “unique,” is frequently used to describe individual businesses in Downtown Wilmington because the center city is brimming with owner-operated shops selling distinctive products not generally available in larger stores. Fidler’s Gallery and Framing and Wrigley’s Clocks in the Cotton Exchange is definitely a one-of-a-kind model. It is a one-stop-shop for artwork, picture framing, gifts, clocks and clock repairs.
Fidler’s Gallery and Framing opened in 1978 in New Jersey. Wrigley’s Clocks, which was established by the Hayward family in 1982, bought Fidler’s Gallery and Framing in 1993 and later moved the business to Wilmington, NC.
The entrance to Fidler’s Gallery and Framing and Wrigley’s Clocks is on the Water Street side of the Cotton Exchange and this large retail space is spread out across two levels. For accessibility by all, the split-level can be navigated using either the ramp or steps. The theme of the shop is loosely tied to beach art and time and you’ll find it’s a great place to browse for home décor and gifts.
Inside, the walls are adorned with a mixture of artwork and clocks of various shapes, sizes and styles. Mantel clocks are tucked unobtrusively among ornaments, ceramics, lamps, craftwork and candles. Statues of mermaids, animals and birds connect the many different displays. In the center, a grandfather clock stands next to a pond, complete with a small waterfall, which is filled with fish and surrounded by a railing and garden ornaments. As you succumb to the soporific gurgling of the waterfall and the ticking of the clock, you are reminded of the passage of time by the chimes from various pendulum clocks in the shop.
Clock repairs are another service offered by this merchant. If you own a pendulum clock, you’ll know it needs to be kept at a consistent temperature and these clocks don’t travel well.
If you need a horologist to keep your clocks in good working order, this family-owned business is the place to go. The owners and staff at Fidler’s Gallery and Framing and Wrigley’s Clocks aim to satisfy customers with high quality, personal service.
Call Fidler’s Gallery and Framing and Wrigley’s Clocks today to arrange for clock repairs or help with picture-hanging. Or, visit to find the perfect decorative item to enhance your home.
Hours: Mon-Sat, 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Fidler's Gallery & Wrigley's Clocks
304 Nutt St
Wilmington, NC 28401