Say Goodbye to the Frame Makers

 
Raised: $4,755.00
Goal: $19,700.00
 
 
 

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FrameMaker Annaluna Johnson

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UPDATE IN BOLD 9/27/13 Well, we've done all we can to try and save the shop. I'm sorry to say that it's time to move on. I've been shown so much love and support, by so many lovely peopl... more

 
 
 
 
 
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Updated posted by FrameMaker Annaluna Johnson 5 months ago

My friends, I will be taking this page down, but I want to tell you that my protege, Kim, and her husband have bought the shop!!! I still need to figure out taxes, but the FRAME MAKERS has been SAVED!!! I'm so happy!

 
 
 

Updated posted by FrameMaker Annaluna Johnson 6 months ago

there have been some new developments.....

 
 
 

Updated posted by FrameMaker Annaluna Johnson 7 months ago

"If you're in trouble, or hurt, or need- go to the poor people. They're the only ones that will help- the only ones." - John Steinbeck

I'd like to thank all of my friends who know what it's like to need, the ones who barely have enough, but have shared and helped me any way they could. I appreciate you.

 
 
 
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Created by FrameMaker Annaluna Johnson on August 24, 2013

UPDATE IN BOLD 9/27/13
Well, we've done all we can to try and save the shop. I'm sorry to say that it's time to move on. I've been shown so much love and support, by so many lovely people who barely had anything to give, but gave all they could, in any way they could. I am eternally grateful for you, my friends.

So the next step is to figure out how to gracefully move on. I still have a couple of months rent to pay, and taxes, which is why I still have a goal amount showing. If you are at all willing and able to help, I will appreciate it greatly.

I will keep you informed when I figure out my timeline.

I'm sad, of course, but I'm also really proud. I was the last standing independent frame shop in Tacoma. We made it 8 1/2 years!!! That is an amazing accomplishment in these times. It's been a good run!

I will miss my clients (FRIENDS) immensely, but I'm also a little excited to see what's next.

Thank you all, you don't know how much it has meant to me to see how much you all care.

Anna

For nearly 8 1/2 years now, I have been working hard to keep my little frame shop afloat. It has required passion, hard work, sacrifice, and struggles too numerous to mention.

I have seen a lot of my colleagues in small independent frame shops, galleries and similar businesses go under one by one, and have been proud and humbled to manage to stay around somehow. I have had a very loyal customer base, many of whom have become good friends, I've won numerous awards, framed for Moroccan Royalty, served as president on the Board of The Evergreen Picture Framer's Guild, judged framing competitions when they got tired of me winning them (lol) and been seen as successful to onlookers.


But this last two years have taken their toll. Trying to support the shop, myself, my employees, with unexpected difficult life circumstances, medical bills, taxes, big box competition, and a floundering economy... I'm sorry to say, it has caught up to me.

I have reached a point where I can no longer serve the customers that I so love, that love us as well, and honestly, I'm embarrassed to ask for help, but I can think of no other options. If I can get back to zero, I know I can make this a success again. I still have so much to give, to teach, and to learn...

oh, and here is my website, if you'd like to check out my company a bit. www.frame-makers.com

Thank you, my friends, for listening and caring. Please help spread the word if you can.


Anna
 
 
 
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This is amazing news. I am glad to hear your legacy will continue. I am sad I haven't been able to stop by the shop, but my mobility has been a bit limited these last two months.

posted by Elisabethe Phipps 5 months ago

Is wonder woman going to be up for auction? I have to have her!

posted by Jaime Jones 7 months ago

this is a fabulous woman with a fabulous frame shop in Tacoma Washington she's been there for me when I needed her and I know she has for so many others if you can help...greatly appreciated!!

posted by Karen McBride 7 months ago

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Recent Donations (32)

$4,755 raised by 32 people in 7 months.

$50.00

Jim Paradis

6 months ago

 
 

Best of luck moving on!

 

$50.00

Laura Nelson

7 months ago

 
 

Wish I could do more, Luna! Maybe later...

 

$200.00

Susan Small

7 months ago

 
 

Thank you for the beautiful work you do. May you continue to practice your art among us.

 

$200.00

Judy Tiemann

7 months ago

 
 

I hope your fund raiser is a huge success. I'm sorry I can't be there for the auction.

 

$50.00

Roseline Pouinard

7 months ago

 
 

wish it could be more. I also need some framing done

 

$500.00

Anonymous

7 months ago

 

$100.00

a 6th Ave supporter

7 months ago (Offline Donation)

 
 

$550.00

loyal client for life!

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$500.00

someone who loves you

7 months ago (Offline Donation)

 
 

We need you Anna! I know life has been very difficult these last couple years, but if anyone can come through this, YOU WILL!!! and you will SHINE!

 

$25.00

Anonymous

7 months ago

 

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