As owner of The Framing Cottage, Christine Kelley’s clients often come to her with projects that are personal and mean a great deal to them. She loves having the opportunity to help them enjoy the items even more by being able to display them for others to see. Christine’s work is often rewarded with smiles and at times, tears of joy.
The Framing Cottage is a one-person shop, so Christine takes care of all of the duties and responsibilities that go along with owning a small business. She works with both residential and commercial clients for their custom picture framing needs, helping them select designs that show the items to be framed in the best possible way. That may include works of art, photos, memorabilia, or a mission statement.
Christine has owned her business since 1983 and is a Certified Picture Framer. In her free time, she likes to cook, read, work in her garden, do needlework, and play golf. She is also a member of an all- volunteer community band that plays free concerts for the public from September through May. Christine’s family includes her boyfriend, Paul Gagan, Paul’s two daughters and their husbands, her still feisty 85-year-old mother, and her sister and her family.
When asked why she joined Management Women, Christine said, “As a small business owner, it is a wonderful way to stay connected to things that are going on with my contemporaries and at the same time, feel that I am giving back.” This year, she is serving as Program Chair Elect on the MW Board. Christine also said that the organization has given her the opportunity to get to know many wonderful women that she otherwise may not have had the opportunity to connect with.
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