Art Connection was founded in 1994 by two women, one of whom (Coni) was an experienced picture framer with excellent rapport with her customers having worked for another picture framer for many years. Her strength is her creativity and fearlessness when tackling challenging framing projects.
The other founder (Rondi) was born with the “small shop-keeper” gene. As a child she stacked and re-stacked the canned goods in her mother’s pantry and rang-up imaginary customers on a toy cash register. A business degree and a stint working for a top-notch cookware shop helped to develop the gene.
Thanks to Carol Vernon for creating this caricature for us shortly after we opened the store. We still look just the same (yah, right). The pooch by my side would be Gypsy, my first labrador who helped us set up the store. Sadly, she has left us and was followed by Rocky who served as “Greeter Extraordinaire” for 13 years. We now have two labs to maintain the tradition, Waldo and Bella.
In April of 2012 we moved to our current location at 245 S. 4th in downtown Coos Bay. Just a block from our old location but wonderful new space, bright and airy and easy to find!