Crowdfunding assistance is needed to ensure Phoenix Art Supplies & Framing, a local, independently owned art supply and framing store, is able to re-open after the government-mandated shutdown.
In 2008, Margaret Mattheson and her husband, Chris, used their savings to purchase an art supply and framing store in Doylestown called Mixed Media. On Oct. 1, 2008 the Mattheson’s re-branded the store as Phoenix Art Supplies & Framing.
Shortly after purchasing the store came the financial crash of 2008, threatening to quickly force Margaret’s new investment out of business. Through hard work and expense-cutting, she was able to guide Phoenix Art Supplies & Framing through the recession. Since then, the store has grown, year-after-year, and is now a hub for artists throughout Bucks County.
In 2010, Margaret Mattheson hired Jenny Schaeffer to manage the picture-framing portion of the business. With a cheerful disposition and excellent eye for design, Schaeffer has earned a reputation throughout Bucks County, and parts of Philadelphia and New Jersey, as the “go-to” picture framer for artists, homeowners and interior decorators.
Schaeffer has also contributed to the art-supply side of the business and is recognized for her friendly customer service and creative solutions when it comes to assisting customers with their art projects.
Today, Schaeffer is the store manager and working to take over ownership as Mattheson begins to move into retirement. The intention is that this women-owned business would be passed to the next generation, thus supporting both Mattheson’s retirement and Schaeffer’s future, while ensuring the continuance of this local arts resource. However, none of that may happen.
Now, with the government-ordered shutdown of retail due to the coronavirus pandemic, there is a chance that these two hard-working women will lose everything they’ve accomplished over the last decade.
As with most small businesses, cash reserves are limited and quickly depleted when income abruptly disappears in the matter of days. Government emergency loans and compensation have been applied for, but are slow to process and receive. Therefore, they need the public’s help in the interim.
“As with all small businesses, the absence of the last remaining locally-owned art supply and picture framing store would significantly impact the lives of Bucks County residents by leaving a cultural void while also losing employee wages and tax dollars that benefit the community,” the store said via email.
To help save Phoenix Art Supplies & Framing, contribute at: gofundme.com/f/help-the-phoenix-fly-again
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