Beaver Frame Shop & Studio is looking for the right buyer

BEAVER − Above the counter of the Courtney-Laughlin Frame Studio & Gallery hangs a large sign that says it all.

” Retirement. Business for sale. I will train myself. »

Present in downtown Beaver for 11 years, the owners of the store, Kathy Courtney and Jamie Laughlin, have indeed decided to retire and put their storefront up for sale.

With a combined 70 years of experience in the framing business, both Courtney and Laughlin are determined to find a buyer who will continue to use the Third Street site as their framing store.

“We’ve had several people interested, and still do, but no one has signed any papers yet, so we’re moving on,” Laughlin said. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for someone because it’s literally a turnkey operation. Now if you don’t know how to frame it takes a bit of time to learn but we’re ready to stay and we Kathy and I are actually certified framers and that’s hard to find, so we know conservation methods.”

A new name for the store would suit the current owners, who just hope coaching continues there.

“Framing for both of us isn’t just something we do. It’s a passion for us,” Laughlin said. “And we love everything that comes along. It’s a challenge and everything is different, especially when we team up and put our brains together and start coming up with different designs.”

The Courtney-Laughlin studio has also promoted the Beaver Valley art scene, exhibiting framed works by artists including Gary Means, Carol Volz Begley, Bryan Fazio and photographer Emmanuel Panagiotakis, who has since opened his own photo gallery of art from Third Street, Beaver. .

The Courtney-Laughlin Boutique spearheaded Third Thursday nights of entertainment and shopping in Beaver and often invited an artist to paint live from the store window during Beaver’s popular Light Up Festival.

“For a while there we had wine and cheese nights once a month, but when COID hit it made it a bit more difficult, but we still promoted a local artist,” Laughlin said.

Prior to joining forces, Courtney operated a frame store in Raccoon Township, while Laughlin ran a frame store at another location on Third Street.

They agreed to team up, taking over the property that once housed JT Anderson Furniture, which was destroyed by fire in 1955, then rebuilt and remained in operation until 1983. The site later became the headquarters of a of medical supplies, but after a leaky roof. caused damage, it closed and the building remained vacant.

Razed and remodeled in 2011, the building’s new owners welcomed Courtney and Laughlin as their first tenants, who felt the time was right to team up for a combined carpentry shop, “because it’s hard to do everything alone, and we thought, ‘Oh, well, maybe we’ll see our grandkids once in a while,’ but that hasn’t happened,” Laughlin said. “We’ve been busy since we we started. We never had to worry about when the orders arrived because they always did. And even today, it is booming. Last year was the best year we’ve ever had.”

Kathy Courtney and Jamie Laughlin retire and sell their downtown Beaver frame shop and art gallery.

“So it’s not like we’re going out of business. It’s a thriving business,” Laughlin said, adding with a laugh, “we’re just getting too old.”

They don’t leave town to retire.

“We’ll be there for the next person, if they need consultation or training,” Laughlin said. “We are ready to negotiate all of this for someone who feels they want to make it their passion. We just want the right person.”

Business partner Courtney said: “We’re going to have a party when we retire, and it’s going to be a combination of a goodbye party for us and an introduction to the new owner(s). I think a big part of the sale is that our existing customers know that we support the new owner and that we will help them feel comfortable.”

Because framing is serious business.

“If what you need to frame isn’t that important, you’d probably tape it to the wall with tape or thumbtacks,” Courtney said. “Once you decided to have something framed, you assigned some value to it. No matter what other people think of it, you personally assigned value to it and made it a piece forever.”

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