Saturday is my Exploration Day and often I’m not sure just where I will end up. Have Oasis Experiences on many such adventure-days already. One was in a back-street picture-framing workshop. A wonderful relationship-building time with the owner Jim. Had been searching for a while to find someone to frame the excellent photo I have of the King of Thailand’s special celebration. It captured His Majesty as the oldest reigning monarch at this time, along with representatives of monarchies throughout the world. Quite a treasure.
I thought I would be careful and thus bought the photo unframed in a box (rolled up). For some 12 years or so, I searched for a picture frame to display this historic photo. I’d searched in second-hand sales, markets etc. Jim’s quote was half a previous one. He also gave some valuable advice about framing photos that had been rolled up. Further indication of caring for the customer’s interests. I actually found a good framing specialist through another business contact. The photo is now o display in my apartment.
He has even offered to ask his daughter to auction an original painting of Concorde by a local author, which I have received for an international flying charity. She would auction it on eBay for me. Thus from a simple enquiry about a picture frame came other interesting stories and a new friendship in the business world.
What attracted my attention initially was a notice board advertising Cottage Framers, Jim’s business, on the High Street in Wincanton. I followed the intriguing directions and entered the small office tucked away in the corner of a large older building. Instantly, Jim emerged from his workshop and the conversation commenced. The office-cum-small display centre was more like a small corridor. It was well fitted out with the essentials including a computer skillfully and artistically woven into the fabric of the room. Very creative.
Such intiative and wise use of space without all the marketing frills so much felt to be needed, always intrigues me – in fact inspires me. Such back-street businesses deserve to be complimented and patronised.
Should you live in the UK and need framing then Jim’s place would be worth checking out. Contact me for his details.