Terry Spencer wants to hang up her woodworking apron, but she doesn’t want the art-framing business she’s run for nearly 32 years in Hollywood Park to close up shop.
“This is not a shop for a newbie,” said Spencer, who is 67. “It needs someone who knows it but doesn’t know how to get into it. … You have to be able to design, be a little bit of an engineer. You have to know that you’re going to cut your fingers. That’s why I buy the big box of Band-Aids.”
Spencer’s Frameworks has been up for sale since late 2015, Spencer said, and although she has gotten a number of queries, none has worked out. The worst thing, Spencer said, would be to auction off the business assets.
The Sacramento native, a graduate of C.K. McClatchy High School, cuts mats, wood, glass and then assembles it all together in a way that brings out the assets of the artwork. Her business has a month-to-month lease on 1,700 square feet of space in a strip shopping center, at 5101 Freeport Blvd., catty-corner to Oto’s Marketplace.
Spencer said she has had to cut back hours and limit artwork size because of back trouble, but she still gets a sense of fulfillment from conceiving how to frame a piece, completing it and then watching it go out the door. She worked in the garment industry and then for the state of California, she said, but nothing else has given her that sense of satisfaction.