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