Who are we? What a question! What we are now, is not what we were and not what we will become. And, for you, that answers nothing. Maybe I should start from the beginning.
In 2009, we purchased a well-established and popular frame shop called Picture This. Shortly thereafter, we changed the name to Style and moved to a 2,500 square foot space on Market Street in downtown Kingsport, Tennessee. While we knew this is where we wanted to be, we had no idea how we were going to fill up the space. It seemed cavernous! So, we just began asking our customers, “what would you like us to carry that you can’t get in Kingsport”? And, as they say, the rest is history.
In 2011, we were busting at the seams and needed more space. Not wanting to leave our wonderful block, we convinced our landlords to divide a space directly across the street so that we could have 3,200 square feet. We hired our children and their friends and moved across the street. What a move!
With 3,200 square feet in a wonderful new space on a great block, one might think we would be satisfied. But those would be people who don’t know us. In 2012, we bought a business specializing in custom invitations and paper goods. As the scope of the business changed and our customers began asking for more customized and handcrafted paper, we moved the retail portion of the shop to Style and opened Paper Design Studio where we currently design, print, sew, stamp, etc. paper for unique gatherings. Responding again to requests from our customers, we reconfigured the store, built a dressing room, and added apparel in November of 2013. We have been very pleased with how well it fit with our product mix and with how successful it has been.
Fast forward to August, 2015. We expanded to our second location at 606 State Street in downtown Bristol where we offer all of the products and services that are available in the Kingsport store.
To summarize, we were a frame shop with a small gift selection that responded to our customers and grew into what we are today – two larger, eclectic shops offering home interiors, apparel and personal accessories, unique gifts for men, women and children, custom framing with the largest selection of mouldings in the tri-cities, and beautifully designed and created paper for unique gatherings. To all of our current customers, THANK YOU for your support and guidance. To our new customers, welcome to our crazy ride!