After over 25 years of business in the Masonville area of London, Creative Art & Frame will be starting their going out of business sale on Wed, Mar 13th at 9:30 am with discounts of 30% and more on custom picture framing and 50% and more on framed artwork.
Owned by business partners Wilda Thomas and Glen Baillie, Baillie says,
Our lease is expiring at the end of June and we decided that this would be the time to move on. We are really excited about going out with a blast. We have lots of inventory and look forward to framing everyone’s artwork and sports jerseys before we close. We also have a store full of beautifully framed decorator prints and limited editions ready to be sold at great prices.
Thomas notes the framing business has changed over the years:
When we started, people were framing their limited edition nature scenes. Local artists were printing and framing lots of their work for an eager market. Since then the trend has been to personalize memorabilia, especially sports-related. We have clients who started out with us 25 years ago and are still regulars. We frame their degrees, wedding photos, baby pictures, artwork for their home and travel mementos. Now their children are coming in with pictures of their families.
“Our customers appreciate the personal service and quality work we do. We are really grateful for the support that we have received from our clients and the friendships that have evolved”, Thomas says, adding “We intend to continue our commitment to quality right until the last customer leaves the store. The only difference will be the deep discounts on offer. We couldn’t afford to offer these prices before, but everything must be sold.”
Creative is in a prime location and Thomas say she and her partner are currently negotiating with some company owners in an effort to ensure there remains an independent custom picture framing business in North London. Thomas added “Because thousands of people are used to coming to this plaza we think that it would be a great opportunity for the right person to add a complementary line such as giftware, interior decorating, photo finishing or canvas printing.”
Creative Art & Frame also has a focus on contributing in the community through donations of prizes for not-for-profit fundraising efforts and organizing art auctions. Wilda Thomas was honoured in 2000 with the London Community Foundation’s Ivey Award for Excellence for her volunteerism with Big Brothers, Big Sisters, the United Way of London and Middlesex and Museum London.
Although the retail part of the business – Creative Art & Frame is closing, the manufacturing side of the business – Baillie’s Picture Framing in Grand Bend will remain open.
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