I had this idea to break away from working for “the other guy”
back in 1984-85, I researched the Ben Franklin Store franchise
program. In 1986, my wife and I opened a Ben Franklin
(combination variety and craft store) in West Monroe, Louisiana.
My background was with a locally based Discount Store- Howard
Discount Stores, and prior to that, with F W Woolworth Co.
Between these companies, I spent 30 years working from the ground
floor up to management. My wife and I operated our Ben Franklin
Store for 12 years. Then, closing it due to slowing business we
opened Variety + Gifts, a gift store and Custom Picture Framing
shop in 1998, in Monroe, LA. Being personally involved in all
aspects of the retail business since 1956, I of course was more
interested in some areas more than others. We focused ourselves
in these areas of interest. I had been very involved in the
custom framing department at our Ben Franklin Store so when we
opened our Variety + Gifts store I handled most of the custom
framing. I like to create and design uniquely custom framed and
matted products for the retail market place at a value price
point that incorporates good workmanship, creativity and an
individual touch. Then, in 2008 as we started the slow down
process and preparing to practice the art of retirement we found
that many of our past store front framing customers asked that we
consider continuing offering our framing service, so here we are
still working. Through the years so many of our friends and
customers alike would call our store asking to speak to the
“FrameGuy” Thus, came the name “My FrameGuy”. As the old
saying goes “there is always a good woman behind any success
story” that, in my case, is my lovely wife Lou.
pledge to you is: Quality,
Value, and Good Service.