While Robin Shively encountered the usual small business challenges like attracting customers and managing cash flow as she set out to grow her new business, Corners Frameshop & Gallery, in the downtown Ferguson Citywalk, she was also confronted with the impossible to anticipate and daunting challenge arising from the civil unrest occurring during her first year in business. Growth, which had been at a reasonable incline, became suddenly stagnant. “There were very few to no new customers coming into the area,” says Shively.

And yet, with the help of SCORE and her years of experience, she forged ahead with her custom frame shop and art consultancy. “I have been framing for over 30 years, she says. “I am an active member of the international Professional Picture Framers Association (PPFA) and currently serve as President of the Mid America PPFA Chapter Board.”

With her expertise on her side, Shively has overcome the unforeseen challenges of the Ferguson unrest and is now concentrating on growing Corners Frameshop by providing quality work and remaining innovative while also helping to rebuild Ferguson’s business community. “We use all conservation-quality materials to preserve and protect, as well as enhance our customers’ art and memorabilia,” she says. “Corners Gallery showcases and sells works by local artists and craftsmen. We also hold monthly First Friday Gallery Night events.”

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