Thursday, March 12, 2009

Shop Local

Support your locally owned independent businesses, The Frame & I (custom picture framing, gallery, and ready-made frames) and The Art Store (art supplies, classes, and studio furniture), where you will find great service, competitive prices and knowledgeable staff.

The Frame & I and The Art Store have been locally owned and operated since 1984 and have been incorporated since 2003. We help to create a strong economy by creating jobs for local residents, hiring local contractors, using a local accounting firm, and buying from other local businesses.

The Frame & I also helps our community by supporting local charities, donating supplies to local schools, and donating framing to our local museums. We have a gallery that features local artists as well as arranging displays, shows, and other events for local artists.

For many years, The Frame and I has donated framing to local students at the elementary, middle schools and high schools for the student artists selected by their teachers. At The Frame we have matboards that are made with renewable materials as well as picture frame moulding that is harvested from renewable forests. We have a CPF (Certified Picture Framer) on staff which guarantees you that we are well informed about the latest news, products, and techniques that the picture framing world has to offer.

At The Art Store we help artists help the environment by selling more eco-friendly and “green” products such as sketch pads with paper that is recycled as well as paper that is made by windpower. Some paper has the Green-e logo that insures you that it was produced with the purchase of renewable energy. We offer refillable ink pens, pen stocks and nibs that are not disposable and which use liquid ink or grindable ink. The Art Store also provides a classroom for local teachers to share their talent with students in a relaxed atmosphere. In addition to that, we have provided a place for those teachers and students to display their artwork. During the local 4th Friday Artwalks, The Art Store often has special events and demonstrations.

We help keep the environment clean and safe by recycling the following items aerosol cans from spray paint, spray varnishes, and spray glues; artist paint tubes from acrylic, casein, gouache, oil, and watercolor paints of any color or brand; paint thinner as well as mineral spirits, turpentine, Turpenoid, odorless thinner, naphtha, and sansordor. This helps to keep all of these toxic chemicals out of the landfill and out of the water table.

In both of our stores we help the environment by purchasing items that are eco-friendly such as recycled paper towels, toilet paper and other products. We also use eco-friendly cleaning products whenever possible.

Special discounts are available to certain organizations and people such as teachers, schools, students, professional artists and local art group members.

We appreciate your business and when you shop at The Frame & i and The Art Store by The Frame & I you can shop with confidence. You will receive knowledgeable help, quality products, competitive pricing and you will help us to help your community and the world. We appreciate being your locally owned and incorporated frame shop and art store.

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