Monday, March 30, 2009

Brew Plum-coffee, tea, and atmosphere

About 5 years ago, my good friend, Duke, asked me if I'd ever thought about selling coffee inside Nelson Fine Art. My answer was, "about everyday." When he offered to lend me his coffee kiosk we were unsure what was ahead. Now, that little kiosk has evolved into a full line coffee bar. I'm really jumping the gun a little because it's yet to be evaluated by the Health Department, but construction-wise it's done. Brew Plum is the newest addition to the Nelson Fine Art Center. Kate Pierce with several years experience in the "coffee business," will be running the new endeavor. Until we are given the green light for the full line espresso drinks, Kate will be brewing and serving the richest coffees around. Some of the finest locally roasted (Maryville, that is), Vienna Coffee Company offers us the freshest, tastiest beans to be found. For the present, Brew Plum will be open 9 a.m. until 5, but Kate has plans to begin evening coffee times to include Mom's Knit Out, Poetry reads, writers groups, and book clubs. By the way, the sign above is a temporary one we made with our Wizard computerized mat cutter. The final product will be up soon.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Tree House Gallery is here!

We've moved Tree House Gallery into Nelson Fine Art! The Art Center is now a full service facility. In addition to the rotating exhibits and gallery spaces dedicated to individual artists, you will find Artopia Art Supplies, Brew Plum Coffee Bar and Tree House Gallery custom picture framing. By adding Tree House to the family of Art resources, we now have more frame and mat choices and more years in business than any other frame shop around. Tree House has been in operation since 1981 and Nelson's (formerly Lady Bug Gallery) since 1972. If you go to a frame shop and they show only have 200-300 frame samples, then they are limiting your choices and their own creativity. We have about 1500 frames to choose from and as many mat samples. Expect a lot from your framer's creativity.