Cook’s Art Supply and Framing | Saving Our Economy | The 3/50 Project

Cook has been supplying material for artists “from kindergartners to 98-year-olds” for 34 years at his Portage Street NW shop. His inventory includes supplies for sculptors, painters, crafters, silk screeners and framers.

James Cook is one of the lucky few whose business hasn’t been hurt by the recession. “It’s ironic — while everybody else is down, ours is actually increasing,” said Cook, owner of
Cook’s Art Supply and Framing.

“People who had done art in high school or college got away from it, and the primary reason they say is, ‘I don’t have time.’ When the recession/depression comes along, they start changing their patterns, saying, ‘Let’s not do that; it costs too much.’ They find they have time slots open, and they say, ‘I think I’ll start sketching or painting again.’ ”

Cook's Art SupplyCook has been supplying material for artists “from kindergartners to 98-year-olds” for 34 years at his Portage Street NW shop. His inventory includes supplies for sculptors, painters, crafters, silk screeners and framers.

His encyclopedic knowledge draws customers seeking information or help.

“Some days I feel like a library,” he joked.

Cook also does custom framing, and admits frustration with customers who fall for the big-box stores’ coupons and sales, not realizing the resultant price is about what they’d pay at his shop, where they would get a “better-quality product.”

The latest addition to his shop is a camera system to help customers choose a frame.

“We take a picture of your artwork, then put it in a computer program,” Cook said. “Then we can show you what it looks like with various mats and frames.”

COOK’S ART SUPPLY AND FRAMING

4366 Portage St.NW,
Jackson Township
(330) 494-7730

Established: 1976
Owner: James Cook
Hours: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

SAVING OUR ECONOMY $50 AT A TIME
The 3/50 ProjectIt’s not much to ask: Spend $50 a month at locally owned, brick-and-mortar stores in your community. That’s the goal of the national grassroots movement “The 3/50 Project.” When its Web site was launched last year, it released a wellspring of interest, garnering 7,500 unique visitors in the first week.

It’s a simple directive. Every month, make a point of visiting at least three independently owned businesses, for instance, a restaurant, jewelry shop, furniture store or ice cream stand. Spend a total of $50 among them.

The result? For every $100 spent locally, $68 returns to the community through taxes, payroll and other expenditures.

In the stories that follow, you’ll meet six local business owners who have joined The 3/50 Project. For a list of participating businesses in Ohio, visit www.the350project.net and click on “Our Supporters.”

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Where to buy

The Repository
Select Rite Aid Stores
Spee-D Foods
Buehler's Fresh Foods
Fishers Foods, including 44th Street NW, Tuscarawas St. W, Fulton Drive, Lincoln Way E. and Cleveland Ave. NW locations
Aultman Hospital Gift Shop
Mercy Medical Center Gift Shop
Gervasi Vineyard Marketplace
Carpe Diem Coffee Shop, downtown Canton and Belden Village Mall locations
News Depot
Avenue Arts Marketplace
Yum Yum Tree Alliance
Grapes in a Glass