What started as a small, home-based business over 30 years ago has become an exciting new adventure for one, young Paris couple.  Josiah and Kari Daniel are now the proud owners of the Daniel Frames Studio located at 111 Lamar Avenue in Downtown Paris. Although Daniel and his wife bear the same name of their family-owned business, the frame shop was actually named after his paternal-grandfather, Vernon Daniel.

The Daniel’s inherited the business after Vernon passed away in 2005. The elder Daniel owned and operated the frame shop from his home located on Sesame Street for over three decades. The business was moved when Josiah and Kari found a charming, historic building for sale and “really wanted a Downtown location.”

Kari explains, “Josiah and I wanted somewhere that we could live and work all in the same place.” The Daniel’s have completely remodeled the lower level of their business and are still adding finishing touches on a daily basis. They have also begun a face-lift to the upper level where they hope to make their future home.

Josiah spent most of his childhood learning the framing trade from his grandfather, “I spent many of my summer days and after school hours earning extra money helping my grandfather in the shop.” And for that reason, Josiah was the perfect choice to carry on his grandfather’s framing business motto, “Museum grade framing at hobby prices.” The Daniel’s are still surprising their customers with the affordability of custom framing just as the late Mr. Daniel did before his passing several years ago.

Over the past few years, The Daniel’s have purchased new equipment and updated new design trends to stay current on the ever-evolving techniques in the art and frame industry to better serve their customers. Kari comments, “The majority of our jobs consist of personal paintings, family photographs and some sports memorabilia. But we can do just about anything.”

What was the most unusual item that they have had to work on? “A whale’s jaw! That one was a challenge, but we completed the task and the customer was happy with the finished product.” Another way the Daniel’s try to deliver quality customer service is to offer countless moldings and mats to choose from, “We have included various types, styles and colors; something to fit everyone’s home décor.”

The Daniel’s have come up with a successful team effort for their company. Kari runs the storefront and preps the orders while Josiah puts the product together. All the while putting his love for his grandfather’s dream into reality, “I am extremely proud of the knowledge and skill my grandfather passed on to me and I hope to further his memory by continuing to do the same excellent quality and work that he taught and instilled in me.”

By: Tracy Garland Scudder