We bought the store!


MGF, Master Grumble Framer
Apr 28, 2002
Albuquerque, NM
Finally! My business partner and I just bought the store! The original owners decided to retire, so we made them an offer and here we are. Brand new owners! WOW! And so much to do....

We've bought a 25 year old business with a good reputation, but very out-of-date style and equipment. The pack rats and dust bunnies are hunkering down to do battle with us. But we will prevail!

We move next weekend to a hipper, brighter place, just down the block. Somehow, being housed in the dark-and-dank state parole office building just didn't bring out the creative side of me. We'll be right between the University of New Mexico and the funky-chic-artsy Knob Hill area in Albuquerque.

Needless to say, I will be a daily morning monitor of the Grumble. I've already received great support and terrific business tips from this forum. Thank you for all your help to date, and we look forward to sharing with you in the future.

2937 Monte Vista NE
Albuquerque, NM 87106

Christine Smith and Susan Beaumont (Matoaka)
That sounds like two great moves that you made! Now you can have a great time promoting your new business in your new location while working for yourselves. Good moves!
Upgrading that out-of-date equipment should be be enjoyable for you, too. Have fun.

Just be careful to not buy the farm.
Congratulations and best of luck.

Best piece of advice I have is be sure to sit in on John's diversification seminar and Vivian's getting new customers in today. both are more then worth the price of admission. Jay goltz has invaluable advice to give too. Mainly Remember it is first a business then something to love.

Jill Hennes CPF
Omro Gallery
Was there an original owner to that shop named Mike back about 1980 - 81 ? I think he moved to Las Vagas.

Man! that name ring a bell up stairs, I know I was there several times.


[ 02-21-2004, 11:36 PM: Message edited by: framer tg: ]
There WAS a Mike! Last name escapes me right now. He worked for El Mirador and also for a distributor, E&L Moulding, I think. (Owned by the same people.) I think he's back in ABQ now. The original store may have been loaded with ready-mades from Mexico?? That became they're distinctive market nitch for a long time. Then there were two El Miradors. I've worked at both. We bought the second one. Ring a bell?

If Hannafate is around, she'd remember. She's older than dirt :D

Thanks to everyone for the back-patting. (Pass the Advil, please.)

Once upon a time, back in 1978, there was a little place called Chinese Fine Arts, in a re-vamped 7-11 store. The owner, a diminutive Chinese fellow, ran it with his wife and mistress, occasionally taking opium breaks in the back room. Running the business was cutting into his mistress and opium time, so when the Garcias made an offer for the shop, he took it, and moved to Toledo.

Stay tuned for the next chapter: The Garcias found the El Mirador empire.