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Starfish Framing's New Shop

Discussion in 'Picture Framing Business Issues' started by MaJa, Mar 27, 2011.

  1. MaJa

    MaJa SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    Well, here it is the new location!! Landlord said he would finish cleaning, but he is gone for a week, so we will do a little while he's gone so that we can get started. Actually unloaded the design counter out of the back of the pickup, FINALLY. Now I can see behind me when I drive.

    Lots to do, but I think it will turnout quite nice.

    I'll keep you posted on the progress!

    The inside (behind the blue curtain is the scary bathroom/break room area, AJ's working on making it better):

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  2. MaJa

    MaJa SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    And the shop area (big enough to pull AJ's truck in, room to letter vehicles if we decide to resume sign work):

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  3. Artrageous

    Artrageous PFG, Picture Framing God

    Congrats on the new digs Mary and AJ. Scout looks right at home too.

    I wish you guys the best in your new place.
  4. GPoe

    GPoe MGF, Master Grumble Framer

    Congrats MaJa!:thumbsup: Very exciting...

    It looks great and right on 101! Fab location, huh? So you have the whole building and your own parking? Awesome!!! The space looks great. Lots of room. What are you doing in the retail space besides design? Gallery? Retail? Or combination?

    Are you going to paint the outside? Like the stone panel in front though...

    Congrats again. I'm really excited for you - can't wait to see your progress. Again, thanx for bringing us along. Hopefully, I'll be next!

  5. Artrageous

    Artrageous PFG, Picture Framing God

    Mary, get a COMING SOON sign up quickly!! Great visibility on that corner.
  6. MaJa

    MaJa SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    Thanks guys!

    Not painting the outside of the building, it's pretty fresh. Yes, we are right on 101 at a traffic light with our own parking!! We have the whole building!! This is awesome. Parking is a premium. There is also a nice new city lot less then a block away.

    We are going to be doing digital printing (Epson, must order my Epson!!) and some retail (yup, got get working on that, too!). We are getting a vinyl cutter to do a little sign work. Mostly our own, but I have a few other ideas, too.

    Mark, I'd already thought of a banner. I was going to wait until I got my Epson, but now that I think about it, that's going to take too long. Off to design my banner. I will send it to the guys who bought the sign shop in FL and have them ship it to us. I really don't think anyone around here can do what I want ... but I'll look!
  7. RParrish

    RParrish PFG, Picture Framing God

    Looks great lots of room for 8x8' frames!
  8. DVieau2

    DVieau2 PFG, Picture Framing God

    How exciting, I'm envious of all that space, lots of potential in that building.

    Find out if there is someone in your area selling used store fixtures and check craigslist before buying anything.

    These places are a gold mine for things like "Coming Soon" signage, construction materials, flooring and business furniture.

  9. Framar

    Framar SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    Wow, I envy you the space and the light. Amazing.

    And the location and the street light! The only folks missing that would be blind folks and they probably don't buy many frames anyways!!!

    Mazel Tov!
  10. Rick Granick

    Rick Granick SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    Looks like a nice building in a nice setting. Too bad you can't lose the mansard style overhang, though. Maybe you could do some kind of effective signage that would both distract from it and promote your name and service. Check with the local municipality about the sign regulations.
    Best of luck in the new location.
    :cool: Rick
  11. Amy McCray

    Amy McCray SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    Congrats, Mary! It looks like a perfect building and location. Nice find!! Have fun setting up.
  12. Candy

    Candy SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    What a great location!! I see you have the important things already, coffee cup and flowers!! :D

    Looks like you have a bit of work ahead of you!!! Have fun!!!!!
  13. Artrageous

    Artrageous PFG, Picture Framing God

    Candy, Candy, Candy...the more important things are the gas grill, ladder and putty knife. LOL
  14. nikfrz

    nikfrz SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    Congrats Mary.

    Hope you share as you are setting up shop.
  15. Ylva

    Ylva SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    Congrats Mary! What a great location!!! Stand alone building, your own parking lot....I'm jealous! Can't wait to see a step by step set up (hint hint) of the store!
    So exciting!!!!
  16. MaJa

    MaJa SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    Thanks guys!! Oh, and you should know by now I can't help but share, lol.

    AJ says the bathroom area is less scary now. Off to find out! More updates soon!
  17. Paul Cascio

    Paul Cascio SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    Good luck to you guys. Look like you've got plenty of space to include signmaking or whatever.

    What's your impression of Oregon, so far?
  18. shayla

    shayla WOW Framer

    Yay, Mary and AJ! I hope it works out great for you! :thumbsup:
  19. mik

    mik SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    Wow, what a place. I'm sure it will take you no time to fill the entire place...and you'll have alot of fun doing so. Congrats!
  20. CAGallery

    CAGallery MGF, Master Grumble Framer

    Congratulations! What a great location and parking too -- I am envious.

    I have a feeling you will be up and running before we are and we started with our renovations here on March 1.

    Best of luck,

  21. MaJa

    MaJa SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer


    We found a music store closing. We were able to get a bunch of fixtures including (3) 3' tall shelves (3) 6' tall shelves, 2 bar stools with back, two sign stands, a rolling three tier table, a card spinner, a wood and glass jewelry type display case that's over 7' long, and a bunch of track lighting (40-50 foot) for $1100!!

    *** Happy Dance ***

    We also stumbled onto a fridge at Sears. I asked about used, she said no, I said just looking for my shop. She said WAIT, I have this one, it's new but returned because the customer changed which side the hinges are on and now you have to kick it to get it to close.

    $150 for a $680 fridge. I said yes, AJ ... this is the best part ... can't we just put the door back on the other side?!?! LOL - deal of the day, and I was happy with just kicking it!

    Scary bathroom area is getting better, but not 100% yet. I've been working on "administrative" tasks! Once I get one thing done, I think of to more ... arrrgh, lol.
  22. blackiris

    blackiris SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    WHOOOO HOOOO!!!! Way to go girlie!!

    That new shop space is going to be soooo awesome!!!!!

    Make sure the bathroom gets your approval!!!!
    Boys saying its "okay" is totally different than girls.....
    they dont have to sit!

    MORE PICS!!! :D
  23. GPoe

    GPoe MGF, Master Grumble Framer

    Ha! Get used to THAT!!

    Really, congrats on your scoring so much loot for so little!!! I can't wait to see how things shape up. I'm with Nicole..... don't forget the pics! :icon21:
  24. i-m-chickie

    i-m-chickie SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    Exciting Mary! And what a nice spot...LOVE the hill! I miss hills! Enjoy and keep pictures coming.
  25. MaJa

    MaJa SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    It makes me feel good that you guys are interested in our shop!

    We've been working and shopping! Still hunting bargains, because that's just who I am!

    We needed a vinyl cutter (because I can not function without one - had one at my side for 15 years and we might do a little sign work), so I found one on Cragslist. Well, AJ found some other goodies while we were there. So now we have to go BACK to Salem since the 30" plotter, 64" KeenCut Excalibur Multi-Media Cutter, Rotary Paper Trimer, and Vertical Panel Saw would not all fit in the truck!! It was a heck of a deal and we just could not pass it up.

    I've been shopping vendors for our "and more" department and I think we are going to have some cool stuff.

    Working on equipment, too. Ordered a desk from Staples and got a free file cabinet! And I found this scanner on ebay! Hurry only two left now. FYI, they cost $2,500 new.

    Hunting a chopper now. I think www.skylinepictures.com will be able to hook us up. They helped us sell our saw and CMC before we left FL. Unless some one here has one.

    Now at the office ... scary bathroom is coming along! Turns out they painted everything with white latex paint. When I say everything I mean EVERYTHING! Walls and ceiling, okay. Stall door, okay (could have taken that string off the slide lock first). But, formica counter top? Tile walls?? Tile FLOOR!??! Who paints a tile bathroom floor with WHITE LATEX PAINT!??!!? Aaarrrggghhh

    I attached a photo of Scout helping me scrub it off. I did the floor and the counter and it took all day. I want to do the walls, but AJ said there's too much to do and he is right. Tomorrow I'm going to get some paint. Sponge the bottom tile part with two or three shades of pink and then paint the top half a light pink.

    Speaking of "Demo-Man", he decided we didn't need a wall and then it was gone! He got to get a new saws-all, he was a happy camper. We are getting there!

    I also got our old sign shop to print us a coming soon banner and AJ installed it for me! So know people will know what's coming.

    Okay, much to do! More photos soon! Thanks guys!

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  26. Jeff Rodier

    Jeff Rodier SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

  27. Ylva

    Ylva SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    Great update!!!!!
    Latex paint huh....don't know what they were thinking, tedious work though!!!

    Seem AJ is quite happy and pleased with himself!!!! LOL!
    The banner looks great; is it big enough to be seen from the road(s)?

    Keep the pics coming! I am enjoying myself!!!!
  28. Artrageous

    Artrageous PFG, Picture Framing God

    The both of you are having WAY too much fun with this remodeling gig!

    Keep having fun, we're all there with you in spirit.
  29. Kirstie

    Kirstie PFG, Picture Framing God

    What kind of printer is going to go with the A3 scanner? And what is the plotter for? We see work come in from plotters, floor plans, signs, drafts, etc.
  30. MaJa

    MaJa SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    Jeff, that is a heck of a price on the plotter. But I'm a plotter snob, lol. I got a Graphtec that is used, but one of the higher end models. Very much like the one I had.

    Ylva, the banner could have been bigger, but it is already working. I just talked to AJ who is working at the shop and he said he has people coming in already!! Poor guy, he'll never get any work done. Lucky for him I will be there the next two days.

    Mark, that's what life is all about, having fun!! Gosh, AJ got new tools and I got to scrub the floor what's not fun about that ... wait ...

    Kirstie, I just ordered our Epson 9900!!! YEA! So excited. Now I have to pick out the media.

    I got the plotter for a few things. One is our own sign work. I have been making signs for 15 years and I can not imagine having some one else do the work, lol. Two is we want to be diversified. If we need to make signs to make money now we can. I also want to do some cross over ideas I think will work, such as the "Fat Head" type wall decals.

    So obviously more shopping for me today. AJ's been working hard at the shop. Landlord stopped in a dropped off a new sink (yea!) and brought his contractor who will finish out the laminate floor in the open part we made by removing the wall and the other little room that used to be another bathroom I think (double yea!).

    I've also been working on my website, www.starfishframing.com. Nothing to write home about, but I got the logo up there and got ride of the Spanish that was there by default.

    So much more still to do ....
  31. GPoe

    GPoe MGF, Master Grumble Framer


    Wow, things are really coming along! That's great. You two are such a delight that you would probably have fun doing crime scene cleanup... I mean, come on.... smiling while doing scary bathroom floor scrubbing??? Aghhhh....

    Can't wait to read and see more. I'm excited for you!
  32. MaJa

    MaJa SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    So true Gail, but it starts to be less fun when you run out of places to bury the bodies.

    OH, wait ... that's not what you meant, was it ...
  33. John Ranes II CPF GCF

    John Ranes II CPF GCF SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    Fantastic Move....

    Congratulations Mary,

    Good move on your part! When do you open - I just scanned the pages a second time, and did not see mention of a date.

    What will you do with the stone wall in front - how will you incorporate it into the design and where will the signage go?

    All the best and thanks for sharing.

  34. Framar

    Framar SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    I love how Scout is helping you do the floor, Mary! But here is a really helpful tip for any kind of floor work - buy yourself a nice pair of foam knee pads - they are Heaven sent!!!
  35. MaJa

    MaJa SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    We are hoping to open mid-May or early June, too much to do at the moment to make a final decision. Every time I cross one thing off the list I think of another (or two).

    Last night as I was drifting off to sleep I burst out in laughter. My desk is coming today!!! BUT ... I don't have a chair, lol!! For some reason that truly amused me. I also need to order computer monitors, that would help, too.

    Not sure yet about the front of the building. The landlord said he'd put a fee standing sign in for us if we let him put his business on there, too (excavating). We will also be dressing AJ's truck up (hope he likes purple!) and I have a plan for the windows.

    Knee pads would have been an excellent idea. AJ has a pair and uses them for everything. The thought never crossed my mind! LOL
  36. Ylva

    Ylva SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    Mary, put some of these photos you posted here, on the website, so people will already get a feel of who you are, what you're doing; and it will make for some great before and after!!!!
  37. MaJa

    MaJa SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    Good idea! But I think I'll keep the wall ones off. Not sure what the codes are here, lol.
  38. Ylva

    Ylva SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    Mary, when I click on the tabs; they all work, except when I click the 'home' tab; it opens in a new window for some reason)
  39. MaJa

    MaJa SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    OH, that's what that meant ... it was a setting, I'll switch it back, lol. Thank you!
  40. CAGallery

    CAGallery MGF, Master Grumble Framer

    Mary, I am impressed with the speed you are working and the progress you are making. We are in the same situation of just having moved and things seem to be taking a lot longer. I think that I will be able to write a book of what NOT to do when moving/renovating (as opposed to John Rane's great thread of his big move)!

    Good luck and I look forward to seeing your updates.

  41. GPoe

    GPoe MGF, Master Grumble Framer

    Chavie, I'm sure it's not as bad as you think but how about starting a thread about what NOT to do?? Pure selfishness on my part I guess because I hope to be going through this later this year. Also might help you vent! LOL....

    I wish you the best of luck in your move and smoooooooth going!
  42. Janis

    Janis CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2

    Congrat's on your move - looking good and what a great location. Enjoy seeing the pics - looked like your cute
    4-legged critter was being quite helpful. :) And your upbeat attitude is encouraging - I need to learn from it!
  43. MaJa

    MaJa SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer


    I owe you guys some photos, we've been CRAZY busy, so I will make this short.

    CHRISTMAS!! Some of my goodies have started to arrive. I attached a photo of what came in today, including the Epson 9900. I think I will sleep on the box tonight, lol.

    My little printing corner is getting close to done. AJ fixed the little bench around the edge and the rotting corner we found (yikes!) and the landlord is having a contractor finish the laminate flooring. Hopefully he will come back soon to finish up.

    Most of the "leftovers" from the previous tenets has found a new home. AJ is working on getting mat board storage cabinets built, and LOVING the panel saw. So glad we got that, it has made his life so much better.

    They came and carpeted our corner sample wall today!! It's about 9' x 34' and they did it in one big piece. It looks awesome!! Plus there is so much less echo in here now.

    Now I have to pick paint colors! I've got the bathroom pretty much under control. It's very pink and purple and I don't care weather you like it or not, lol.

    Okay ... back to work ...

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  44. MaJa

    MaJa SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    Here's one more of the wall and a few of us at the park, just so you know it's not ALL hard work!

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  45. i-m-chickie

    i-m-chickie SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    Mary, the space is looking good!
    And I like the pink/purple loo!!
    The floors look great too, how very exciting...

    ...you're making me want to move.

    Got to love hard work paying off.
  46. MaJa

    MaJa SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    While I was painting (which I'm lousy at) I kept thinking I bet Cathy and Nichol would like this, lol. I can't wait to get some art in there!! Fun!

    I LOVE all this work, but I'm antsy to get framing. Soon ...
  47. Artrageous

    Artrageous PFG, Picture Framing God

    Mary, it might look god if you painted the floor in the bathroom white! LOL

    How about a live streaming grand opening, this way we can all be there.
  48. MaJa

    MaJa SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    Good one Mark ... I'll bring some white paint to Vegas next year!!

    Streaming GO ... that would be cool! I could introduce everyone to the computer ... "and these are my friends!" LOL
  49. GPoe

    GPoe MGF, Master Grumble Framer

    Everything's shaping up great! Looks like Scout not only likes to run in the park, but seems to want to play some computer games too. And the scary bathroom doesn't look scary anymore!

    Thanx again for sharing, can't wait to hear and see more. The streaming grand opening sounds a terrific idea!:smiley:
  50. MaJa

    MaJa SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    Well ... we are making progress!! Starting to actually LOOK like a frame shop, lol. Still tons to do.

    The Wizard, Epson 9900, and Vinyl Plotter are all "installed", but have not yet been used, lol. Soon! The super scanner does work great.

    AJ has been a building fool! He's built mat board storage (forgot to photo that), 2 tables that are 8 ft x 8 ft (one will get a carpet top soon), and is working on a stand for the flat files!

    As you can see, we have a vast selection of moulding for our customers to choose from, lol. Okay, back to work for me ...

    Here's inside:

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    Last edited: Apr 29, 2011
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