Ashley Berry never imagined that she’d own the business she worked at when she was just a kid. When she was ten, her uncle Craig Berry, along with business partner David O’Brien, opened the Wakefield location of Picture This Framing & Gallery. “I would come in on Saturdays and dust the shelves for $20,” she remembers. “Then I would hang around and construct something of out scraps.” She didn’t realize it then, but she was learning the fine trade of custom framing. Later, when she was in high school, she returned to the store as an employee to help out during the holiday season. She became a full-time employee after graduating, and staying on for almost three years. Last year, an opportunity of a lifetime came along. “My uncle was ready to retire, and all of a sudden my dream came true,” she says. “I guess the third time was the charm.”
A business owner at age 28, the South Kingstown native is excited to carry on the well-established business her uncle built. “I’m so proud to uphold the excellent reputation Picture This has established in the community.” Ashley enjoys working with people and helping them get the most out of their art and treasured memories. With a goal to have all their customers completely satisfied with their finished art, the shop offers a high standard of quality and precision. “What we offer is a form of art in itself. We handcraft and customize frames, oftentimes transforming the look of the finished product.” While she’s honored to carry on the Picture This tradition, she’s also looking forward to putting her own spin on the business, like enhancing the appearance of the store both inside and out to create a more inviting experience for shoppers. “We’re going to aim for perfection,” she says.
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