Beautiful Sutter Creek, California
Time Flies: Sutter Creek Music Box Company
Celebrates 30th Anniversary
by Rachel Norris Apr 7, 2018
Tick, tock, tick, tock goes the clock as the time passes by, marking The Music Box Company’s 30 years in business,
19 of those years being in its current location at 64 Main Street in Sutter Creek.
Owner Lisa Klosowski has been collecting music boxes since she was a child and first began her music box store career
in 1988 when she opened up her first small store in Tiburon in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Her store took off so well, that she was able to open up two more music box stores, one on Union Street in San Francisco
and the other in Caesars, Lake Tahoe.
Eventually, she fell in love with the charm of Sutter Creek, decided to sell the other two stores and opened up
The Music Box Company on Main Street in 1999. This year marks her 19th year in Amador County with her husband Mark.
“I love Sutter Creek Main Street because it’s quaint and I love the diversity of all of the stores because each store
is individually owned and operated,” Klosowski expressed. “Everybody here has their own little lane and it’s a very tight community.
All of the merchants get along great and work well together.”
As soon as you set foot inside the whimsical shop, a large wave of nostalgia washes over you as your eyes scan
the thousands of items sitting on the shelves; everything from small figurines, to snow globes, to music boxes, unique clocks
and mini instruments, to the most beautiful face masks and baby gifts.
You may want to visit the shop when you have
a good amount of time on your hands,as you can lose track of time when there is so much to see.
“All of the items are really unique and I can’t say that there is a most popular item because people
are always looking for all different kinds of things,” Klosowski said.
“My store is really different than everything else, and it’s not necessarily things that you need,
but things that you like and want, and things that people enjoy getting as gifts.”
The store now has an entire room full of Disney items. No matter what your favorite Disney character or movie is,
there is a very likely chance that you will find what you’re looking for.
There are extensive collections in every category
that you can imagine. Phantom of the Opera, Wizard of Oz, Mermaids, Fairies, Dragons, classic Italian Imports,
Jewelry Boxes, Clocks, Infant Musicals, Ballerinas, Angels, and much more make up this virtual Wonderland of Music.
The Music Box Company in Sutter Creek also has one of the most extensive collections of Disney items anywhere.
Some say more than Disneyland itself has! You will find all of your favorite characters here, waiting to make you smile.”
One of the most interesting and unique things that I have ever seen before covers an entire wall in the back room of the store,
and that is the store’s beautiful and unusual animated clocks. All of the clocks are different and unique in their own way, a
nd the faces of the clocks split open on the hour and play a wide array of charming and eloquent music.
Just turn the switch on the side of the clock to hear a different genre of music, such as classical, hymns or even Christmas carols.
The store also boasts a good selection of seasonal items and decorations for Christmas, as well as a great section for baby items
and baby-safe musical toys for kids. There is no limit to what you can find for different characters.
It is truly a shop for anybody and everybody’s interests.
“The other thing about music boxes as gifts that is really neat is that people don’t tend to
throw away or get rid of a music box
that was a gift. It’s not really a ‘trendy’ thing, but it’s more of a sentimental thing,” Klosowski said.
“We also have beautiful imported Italian Inlaid jewelry boxes that you can have the song of your choice installed into the box that you want.
We also have jewelry boxes you can customize by putting your own photo or saying in the lid,making it perfect for a special gift.
In case you want to build your own music box, you can buy the musical mechanism to put in your own design.”
The Music Box Company provides a few other perks that make your shopping experience delightful,
such as layaway with no extra charge, simple repairs for free, custom orders, shipping and complimentary gift wrapping.