Archive for Thursday, May 29, 2003

Frame shop squared away downtown

May 29, 2003

A mobiley named local business has a permanent home on Eudora's Main Street.

Amanda Grosdidier has set up her business, Custom Frame Cart, at 704 Main St., the former home of Broers Flower Shop.

"This place was pretty good because I can meet people outside my house," she said.

After learning the art of framing while working at stores in the Kansas City area, Grosdidier began framing for family and friends from her home.

"Rather than apply and get hourly jobs, I decided I was going to give it a try on my own," she said.

Even though she's got office space downtown, that won't stop her from making house calls.

"Sometimes people want to see the mat up against the things in the room," she said. "You've got to match it to your picture, but you want to match your wall, too."

Right now, Grosdidier said most of her business was made by appointment by calling 542-5238 or 550-4566, but eventually she'd like to keep set hours at the end of the working day for customers to pick up their pieces on the way home from work.

But moving framing equipment is a big order, because much of it is 30-by-40 inches.

"I can see why it's so expensive when people are having to have that much space (in their shop)," she said.

Economy is a big part of the business Grosdidier was building, she said. Custom Frame Cart will offer a set of frames from which to choose offered at a "reasonable" price.

Part of that savings, she said, would come from low overhead. Unlike other frame shops, Custom Frame Cart won't be staffed during regular business hours, and she hopes to keep her prices 50 percent of other frame shops. She's also hoping customers will sacrifice a little convenience for some big savings.

"It might not be as convenient, but hopefully they'll make up for it with a cheap price in framing," she said.

Unlike other frame shops, Custom Frame Cart won't have prints in stock, but Grosdidier said she would have catalogs on hand for people to peruse and order from, just like her custom-ordered frames, placing few limits on what a customer can order.

"You don't always find what you want on hand, anyway," she said.

The post-graduation season, when graduates are receiving their diplomas and wanting to get them framed, could be a busy time for her business, too, she said.

Grosdidier said she was building her business by word of mouth and counting on people who browse other downtown spots, like the post office. She also hopes her store will go hand-in-hand with downtown shoppers interested in the quilts, crafts and home decor offered elsewhere.

"I think some of the retail shops are starting to bring more people downtown," she said.

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