Another Marshalltown business successfully changed hands as Dennis and Phyllis Smeins look forward to retirement and pass their legacy to Beth Burkemper.
The transfer of ownership came after a training period where Burkemper learned the Smeins'
Burkemper said, "This comes at a perfect time. I finished my MBA and recognized the dedication that the Smeins brought to their business. Now it is my job to continue their craftsmanship."
9th Street Gallery and Frame has changed hands from Dennis and Phyllis Smeins to Beth Burkemper. The Smeins are retiring and passed on their knowledge to Burkemper.
The Smeins have been the proud owners of the 9th Street Gallery and Frame since 1984. Custom framing is a means of providing visual enjoyment and a way of preserving precious memories. The Smeins completed more than 40,000 custom framing orders.
While the recession has had a negative impact on many retailers, Dennis said, "In all our years, we never ran out of work. We can hang our hat on that."
Customers continually brought in unique items for the Smeins to frame.
"Every time I thought there could be no more challenges, there were new opportunities that inspired our creativity," Dennis said.
Their commitment to quality and integrity were paramount in establishing their business.
Phyllis said, "The customers, many of whom became friends, are from all over Iowa, the region and even a few international clients. We have been honored and humbled to have been a part of so many people's good times ... and some sad times. Each customer came with a story to share and it's been a pleasure to hear them all."
The 9th Street Gallery and Frame will remain the area's primary custom framing source. The hours have been altered slightly: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.