Saturday, December 29, 2012

Winter hours begin in January. We are open 10-5 weekdays and closed Saturday and Sunday. Our coffee bar, Brew Plum is open 8 a.m. - 9 p.m. weekdays. We'll return to regular hours in March. Happy Winter one and all!


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving

Aside from the pressure to go see every family  member, Thanksgiving is wonderful. No religious belief system to insult. Happy Thanksgiving! Take the pressure off the ones you love.


Brew Plum Coffee Bar

I feel badly that I'm not a real "blogger." Real bloggers post all the time! I can't seem to make myself do that, but when I do it's in batches. So, here we go, 2 in a day.

Inside Nelson Fine Art we also have the Brew Plum Coffee Bar, the only coffee shop on the south side of Johnson City. The coffee bar is open 8 a.m. - 9 p.m. Monday - Friday and 10-3 Saturday. Free wifi and plenty of good art to be inspired by as you sip the best coffee around. Currently, we brew coffees from Vienna Coffee Company from Maryville, Tn. We've loved Vienna and carried their beans for 5 years, but we'll be changing to Bald Guy Brew of Blowing Rock. We reviewed 5 roasters and decided on BG. I'm stoked. We should have them by the December 6! In time for First Friday!

It's all relative

From 1973 until 1990, I worked for a major retailer, one of the "Big Three" at the time. Walmart's dominance of the retail scene was still a few years off; they were buying up Big K stores. We'd never even heard of Target. As a buyer of men's apparel, we carried a mens oxford cloth dress shirt that sold for $18 and was made in Pennsylvania. That shirt is now $15 and is listed as "imported." The first TV I ever bought was a 19" color model in 1976. It cost me $299, on sale from $369.99. Now for $300 you can buy a 32" 1080p LCD and it's High Definition! Here is my point. Except for glass, all picture framing materials come from forest products- wood. Regardless of where the materials come from the cost goes up every year. 20 years ago, few people questioned the price of framing. Now, everyone does. Everything is relative. My shirt was $18 in 1990 and my framing was $150. Today my shirt is $15 and my framing is probably $250-$300.  In the early 90's there were roughly 24,000 custom picture framing shops. Today, there are about 8,000 (according to one of my framing sales reps). It's not an easy business to be in and there are rarely new ones opening, but for those of us still doing it, it's incredibly gratifying.  It's a business where you make friends of your customers rather than making customers of your friends. What do you think will happen if the local frame shops disappear? There is no Chinese alternative.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Sad Day/Happy Day

Sad is the day we lose a pet/happy is the day we are able to save the memory of our furry friend forever. I say this not as much as a pitch for framing as much as to add to the memory and recollection of Boomer. Boomer was my friend, Keith's companion for 15 years. 15 years is (hopefully) such a drop in the bucket of our own lifetime, but start to finish for our pets. They never say, "I wish I could live longer", "not today", "I"ll get around to it." See you later, Boomer.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Summer hours

For the months of July and August, we will be open Monday-Friday from 10-5 and closed on Saturday. Our coffee bar opens at 8:00 a.m. the same days. Join us!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

My daughter is a 26 year old doctoral student in CA. A couple of years ago at Fathers Day, she said "I was going to give you a 'Worlds Greatest Dad' t-shirt but I found out they made more than one." A fathers day gift should be unique. Framing makes it personal. A photograph on a piece of paper is a picture of a child. When you frame it it becomes your grand daughter, Avery ( or your daughter, son, wife, grandmother, etc.. you get my point).  We can connect to it if we make that picture special. A tie is a piece of an outfit that Dad has to wear to work. Finding that first tie he wore to his first day of work AND framing it--- THAT is a memory.  In a drawer, a baseball glove takes up space. Framed, it is transformed into that memory of playing catch in the back yard.  Your challenge is to find that object in Dad's top dresser drawer or in the back of his closet and turn it into a memory. Father's Day is June 17th!