ELLSWORTH — Tucked into School Street and larger than its storefront indicates, Union River Art & Frame changed hands in mid-April. New owners Holly and Daniel Green bought the business after Holly walked in and asked former owner Tammie Anderson if she was interested in selling. The answer was yes.
That was a better reply than two summers earlier, when Holly first moved to the area. She had dropped off her resume and asked if Anderson was hiring. At that time the answer was no.
But Anderson explained how busy she was, Holly said. And the summer has proved to be a little crazy at times, she added, especially with so many new residents looking to fill up bare walls.
A framer in Kansas City who took a break for 20 years, Holly said little has changed in the framing industry.
“A lot of products have improved [but] the basics are the same,” she said.
Her break from framing occurred when she followed Daniel for 15 years in his military career. After leaving the military, he wanted to open a small business, Holly said.
“The plan all along was to move here,” particularly as Daniel is originally from Franklin.
The couple held off on making a big splash when they took over the shop out of concern for Anderson’s longtime customers. But, as it turned out, at least half of their customers are new.
“They have bare walls because they just moved here,” Holly said.
In Kansas City, Holly had framed many, many posters. Here, she said, it’s real art: painting and limited-edition prints. “I have not seen a poster at all.”
What she is seeing is needlework. “A lot of people did needlepoint during COVID,” she said.
The shop also has a small display of art for sale that, in time, Holly hopes to expand. For now, she is too busy framing.
“We frame almost anything,” she said. “That’s a little scary to say.”