Is Anyone Else Open Today?


CGF, Certified Grumble Framer
Apr 3, 2002
Lexington, KY
I have a lot of things to catch up on and am open until Turkey time.
Is anyone else open?
Happy Turkey Day!

Not me, I have a 17 lb turkey on my hands, plus mashed sweet potatoes, biscuits and cranberry stuff. All that for 2 adults and 2 pets...!

And, it was a slow week anyway. I bet Friday will be slow too, people will be six deep elsewhere.

Have fun and Happy Turkey Day!
Mark, years ago I would do the exact same thing your doing, go in and catch up on stuff. If the truth were known, it was because I could not think of anything else to do with myself. I would figure, since I'm here, what the heck, I may as well open up.

I can not ever recall making any kind of a sale on Thanksgiving, Christmas, or any other major holiday that I was foolish enough not to observe.

After doing this for a few years, it dawned on me, it makes me look desperate to anyone driving or walking by. I don't think I was desperate for money at the time, perhaps I was, can't recall.

That was not the real reason I was there, it was because I didn't know what to do with myself on a completely free day off. I had done all my domestic stuff on my real day off, what the heck could I do with myself on Thanksgiving day?

Everything else was closed, couldn't go shopping, didn't want to take my boat out, what the heck, I'll go into work, catch up on things.

Do yourself a BIG favor, close up your freaking shop, go buy a good book or rent a movie. Get yourself some tasty snacks, and take a day off. This will help create the illusion, with the public, that business is indeed good, and you are NOT hanging on for dear life.

If books and movies don't cut it for you, do something else, ANYTHING except "catch up on a few things" at work.

All this sound advise I am giving you comes from over forty years experience in this industry. Don't make yourself look like a lonely, desperate for money, idiot.


The more I listen to John, the more I enjoy and respect his point of view
If you all knew what Mark had in his shop right now....................we would be taking dinner too him

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!!!!!

What do you have in your shop right now?

I know that Salvador Arelliano isn't out there right now... he's back in Manilla this month.....

Working on a Stone or two?

I'm assuming that KY and Equineart... it's gotta be Thourghbred.... :D
Hi Baer,

Right now I am working on 11 projects of various sizes. They have filled the back room and are working there way around the gallery.

The biggest one is 40+ horse-show ribbons in one shadowbox.
Can you LARRRRRGE Shadowbox. I am trying to come up with a design. The ribbons are mostly third and fourth. I wanted her to limit it to First second and third, but noooooo.

I have had 4 groups of people in today. One was picking up an order. He is single and is family lives far away, so it gave him something to do. A couple from Ohio was traveling for the holiday and saw the sign and came in. They spent over $400.00 and took my card to think about some things. Another couple came in just to see why I was open. They felt sorry for me and helped me hang the piece I was struggling with when they came in the door. I was just thinking I was going to end up with it on top of me.

It has been a fun day! I have enjoyed the people and the money never hurts! ;)

Oh, In response to Mr. Bakers comments about looking like "a lonely, desperate for money, idiot" I am a one person operation and it takes all the hours I can give it to keep up. That is not a complaint, I LOVE what I do. The people that come in here see that I am busy. There is always something going on and it is always different. So if I look like that idiot to you, than so be it! If that is what I am, I am one HAPPY IDIOT!!!
Tell us the truth Mark

What do you have in yer shop that we don't....
Mark, I've been there, done that. I am the idiot for doing it in the first place. Your justification sounds identical to how mine sounded all those years ago. Someday, grasshopper, you will learn.

I've visited Mark's shop in Lexington. He's in the middle of thoroughbred country with lots of, as the name implies, thoroughbred/equine art. NOT little $30 prints, but limiteds, originals, etc.

He doesn't know it but we have a mutual aquaintance who tells me some of the horse facilities in Lexington furnish the areas with some pretty high end stuff. I mean these horses are worth millions.

So if he has some projets, trust me they aren't exactly $100 poster framing stuff.

By thebye: if ever y'all get to Lexington check out the gallery. Absolutely drop dead GORGEOUS. And all I know about horses is how to bet on them and read the Daily Racing Form
Mark work to live. You know the rest of it. Just be careful that you don't let life slip away on you.

Having said that, I have done a great deal of traveling when I was a construction electrician. Of all the places I have lived for a short time Lexington is the only place that I would ever choose outside Owensboro. That is simply the most beautiful city I have ever seen. The people were nice.

Usually on the road we stay in the cheapest hotels and apartments we can because the goal is to bring money HOME. We stayed in a hotel right off the circle that has like 2 restaurants, 3 bars, and indoor swimming pool for $300 a week while we were working at the Georgetown Toyota.

Happy Thanksgiving friends!

Carry on.