Sister stores focus on creating and showing artwork
Q&A with Ida Kendall, owner of The Art Store, 537 N. Sixth St., and The Frame & I, 229 W. Gurley St., both in Prescott. The Art Store is open from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends. Call 443-0749 or visit www.artstore.frameandi.com.
The Frame & I is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. Call 445-5073 or visit www.frameandi.com.
Q: What service do you provide in the community?
Kendall: We provide picture framing and carry a full selection of art materials for visual artists in both 2D and 3D mediums. Art classes are offered at The Art Store in painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, kids' art classes and more. Our sister store, The Frame & I, is a custom picture frame shop and gallery of local artists in downtown Prescott.
Q: How did you get into this business?
Kendall: I have a passion for the arts, art materials and picture framing. When the opportunity arose, my business partner, Kathleen, and I bought The Frame & I and The Art Store from our boss in 1998; I was 25 years old. My husband, Keith, came on board with the business full-time in 2009, after a robust career as an art foundry operator. He now operates The Art Store and teaches sculpture, while I operate The Frame & I and do marketing and accounting for both stores.
Q: What is the key to your business longevity?
Kendall: We try to be a source of helpful and useful information for artists, and we carry supplies you can't find at mass-merchandise stores. Excellent customer service and a unique, creative atmosphere greet our customers when they walk in the door. Art classes and advice give a sense of community to our retail store. We guarantee our picture framework to be the best quality craftsmanship, and offer the best selection of custom frames in town. We help keep the arts community vibrant by supporting many local art-related nonprofit organizations.
Q: What is the best business advice you've given and received?
Kendall: Given: You can make a living doing what you love, if you are willing to try. Received: Don't be afraid to tell people about yourself and your business!
Q: What's something unique about you?
Kendall: I'm an oil painter specializing mainly in the human figure and surreal subjects.
Q: How many hours a week do you work?
Kendall: About 55, give or take five.
Q: If you could take a week away, what would you do?
Kendall: I would spend it in the Sonoran Desert in the spring to hopefully catch some gorgeous night skies, and to see the wildflowers blooming.
Q: What's unique about your business?
Kendall: We hire artists, so when you're working with our staff, you're working with people who really know what they're talking about!