Article about my wife's art supply shop

JohnVF

Administrator
Staff member
That looks like a great store. Communities need places like that, for people to see and meet people in real life, to meet people with common likes and past times.

I wish there were more audio places around with a vibe that invites hanging out. The ones here are dreadful. The one down the street, the owner is nice but it's just like a sad cave inside. The other place is appointment only, so no chance of just randomly meeting people.

Sorry for bringing it back to audio, the lovely store just made me a bit jealous :)
 

fiddlefye

Senior Member
That looks like a great store. Communities need places like that, for people to see and meet people in real life, to meet people with common likes and past times.

I wish there were more audio places around with a vibe that invites hanging out. The ones here are dreadful. The one down the street, the owner is nice but it's just like a sad cave inside. The other place is appointment only, so no chance of just randomly meeting people.

Sorry for bringing it back to audio, the lovely store just made me a bit jealous :)
It really is a problem. Audio Two was small, but always good to hang out, hear gear and talk. The new place is more "flash" but isn't set up in that same sense.
 

fiddlefye

Senior Member
I know, I posted a pic already elsewhere....
DSC_2920 by fiddlefye, on Flickr
The building has been completely renovated over the past year or so. One feature that has not been installed yet is the signage. I gather there will be some sort of metal bracket that comes out from the facade and we are allowed a sign of 18" x 24". So another job for me is making said sign. I'm thinking maybe something wood, doing a bit of hand carving then painting. The design is already fixed with my wife's Beatnik logo as can be seen all over the place in the pics in the article.

*Edit* - what is missing in the audio picture as yet is a turntable. It would need to be something with auto-shut-off at the least. I have an Empire 598 II to rebuild, but that would be overkill. I'm thinking perhaps the Dual 1219 or Garrard Zero 100 would do nicely. That and a rack of "Beat" era LPs. Maybe probably the Zero 100 if it comes out well after it gets rebuilt. Why? 'Cause it is prettier and it is an art supply shop.
 
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SPL db

Junior Member
At the risk of being political... I found this picture funny...

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The store looks great, I don't paint but I feel like I'd have a great time in that shop.

Love the painting in the first picture that is hanging behind what I assume is your lovely wife.
 
Good stuff, I have two sisters that paint and have always been into art and photography.
Thanks for sharing.
 

fiddlefye

Senior Member
At the risk of being political... I found this picture funny...

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The store looks great, I don't paint but I feel like I'd have a great time in that shop.

Love the painting in the first picture that is hanging behind what I assume is your lovely wife.
Katrina sold quite a few of those - hand-made by her. Hand stitched and painted. She is always making something, whether it is while waiting for customers to turn up or just sitting watching the tube. Nimble fingers that need to be occupied I guess!
 

fiddlefye

Senior Member
At the risk of being political... I found this picture funny...

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The store looks great, I don't paint but I feel like I'd have a great time in that shop.

Love the painting in the first picture that is hanging behind what I assume is your lovely wife.
That huge painting was done by my step-son, Julian. He is doing his degree in visual arts at the U and it was one of his projects. He actually had to walk it from the school to the shop as it is too big to fit in any vehicle we have!
 
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prime minister

Site Owner
Staff member
Having had the great pleasure of meeting the lovely and charming Katrina, I definitely have to go visit her shop the next time I'm in Windsor. Looks like the fun type of establishment that no longer can exist in a city like Toronto.
 

fiddlefye

Senior Member
Having had the great pleasure of meeting the lovely and charming Katrina, I definitely have to go visit her shop the next time I'm in Windsor. Looks like the fun type of establishment that no longer can exist in a city like Toronto.
One of the great problems with the direction Toronto has headed since I left in '84 is that it has priced the possibilities of such establishments right out of reach. In truth, I saw the writing on the wall even back then and it influenced my decision not to return after what was to have been a year away. One of the happier decisions of my life. Windsor is scarcely the centre of the universe, but one can actually live here in some decent manner on an average income.

You would be more than welcome in the shop, of course! Heck, it even has audio and a piano....

The day of independent shops is either drawing to a close or beginning a little renaissance depending on who you talk with and where you are. I was shocked to have recently discovered that Ann Arbor MI no longer has an independent art supply shop in spite of being home to a huge annual art fair that takes up a vast swath of the town.
 

HepcatWilly

Junior Member
What a charming store. Some of my fondest memories of childhood was hanging around an art store in a neighboring town. I don't recall why, but every Saturday I was there while my mom ran errands.

Yours is truly welcoming and is the kind of store that makes small towns great.
 
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