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McDonough framing shop considers closing its doors

Peter Morrison said he rushed to the frame shop when her heard about its 30-percent discount on framing orders.

The McDonough resident said he had been trying to think of a way to display old naval signal flags that belonged to his deceased grandfather, Robert Best. He said his grandfather, a chief petty officer in the United States Navy, used the flags during World War II.

Morrison seized the opportunity to have framers at Scandinavian Custom Framing create a discounted shadow box display for the flags to hang in his downtown McDonough office.

Scandinavian Custom Framing, located at 33 Griffin St., just off the McDonough Square, is serving up discounts this weekend in an attempt to drum up more business. The shop's owners said the weekend-long sale could determine whether they continue to operate on the McDonough Square.

Co-owners Mark Jenkins, and Wesley Morgan, said they opened the framing shop in 2003, hoping to deliver quality, inexpensive custom framing to area residents.

The store specializes in custom-cut frames, and custom-fit glass, and matting, but lately, business has soured, according to the owners. They had hoped to benefit from increased business this spring, with additional framing assignments associated with high school and college graduations.

"We've tried everything within our means to attract people to our store," Jenkins said.

Jenkins' wife, Gunilla, said while the shop has a faithful clientele, fewer and fewer people are patronizing the downtown area, and are not aware the shop exists.

"We know our customers, and we know what they like," Gunilla said. "My opinion is that The Square needs to be more foot-traffic friendly. There is just not enough people on The Square."

Gunilla believes that without more residents routinely patronizing The Square, their business, and others in downtown McDonough may soon suffer an unpleasant fate, and become the latest casualties of the economic recession.

"We've been here for seven years, and we do not want to close, because this is our baby," she added.

On the net:

Scandinavian Custom Framing: www.scframing.com