Exceeding their customers’ expectations is the goal of Maia and Brian Sturges, owners of The Paint Chip, 217 F St., Davis. The married couple shares duties, with Brian running the frame shop and Maia running the retail store as well as doing some of the framing.
They have owned the store for six years, but Maia has been an employee for 12.
“Our focus is to provide our guests with quality picture framing and art supplies for all types of artists and anyone who wants to express their creativity. We have a wide variety of custom as well as ready-made options for all types of framing. Our art supplies, crafts and gifts reach out to all ages and skill levels,” Maia says.
“I never get tired of our guests’ reactions when we exceed their expectations with custom framing. Sometimes people have an idea of what they want when they walk in, but after working with a designer, sometimes the end result is completely different and better than was pictured. It’s amazing how creative you can be with your framing and how many options you really have. It’s a pleasure to help people design a piece and then see it to the end when the final project is picked up.”
The store has been in Davis for more than 26 years, so it’s pretty well known. There have been some changes over the years as far as merchandise, but the business has always been involved with the community.
“We feel that it’s important for children to be able to have access to arts and crafts supplies to express creativity. We regularly donate to local schools and organizations to help with youth projects,” Maia says.
“I acquired most of my framing skills from on the job experience and other folks who had been in the business for many years at the first frame shop I worked at in Santa Rosa. I was fortunate to work with a very experienced staff. I enjoyed framing and picked it up pretty quickly. Here it is 15 years later and I still enjoy it. Since then, I’ve been going to lectures and educational classes at the WCAF (West Coast Art and Frame) conference in Las Vegas to keep up with the industry and any changes that there may be. I think it’s important to not get stale in any career you may be in.”