I took over my dad’s custom framing business, Robertson Gallery, after graduating from college with a degree in Art Education. As a hobby, my wife and I have enjoyed scouring antiques shops and adding to our own personal collection of transferware, collectibles, and antique furniture, so it seemed a natural course of action to expand the framing shop and add antiques to the store. We’ve committed our time, energy and resources to this new endeavor and plan a complete remodel of the gallery that my dad began in 1953.
Dad built the small shopping center at the corner of Glenstone and Delmar and opened the gallery in one section of the building and in the other half (where we are expanding) he offered a tableware and gift shop. So, we’ve come full circle. Here is a photo of the original tableware and gift shop that was featured in an advertisement for Buildex.
First, we’ve opened the wall between our store and the space next door (the original tableware and gift shop) and set out this past week to give the addition a facelift. Most recently, the space had been used as a bead shop and is located between the gallery and The Cottage, a consignment furniture store, owned by Ann Reynolds Hicks.
Now that we’ve begun the process, we’re closing temporarily, as we prepare to move everything into the new space. We’ll reopen on August 23 and, in the next few months; we’ll give the gallery a fresh new personality. We are doubling the size of the store to make room for selling the treasurers that we love to discover.