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Framery to hold open house

Town Framery will hold its 12th annual fall open house Saturday, Oct. 25.

The all-day event allows shoppers a first glimpse at holiday and seasonal gifts, all without sales tax.

“We don’t put any of our seasonal merchandise, our Christmas merchandise, out until the day before. We’re actually closed the day before to give the store a facelift,” said Debbie Tuttle, Framery owner.

“We drag all of our holiday goodies out and when people come in Saturday morning, it will be the first time anybody’s seen our holiday assortment.

“It’s sales-tax free shopping that day, regardless of what you buy,” she added.

“It’s kind of a festive occasion, just a great way to kick off your holiday shopping,” Tuttle said.

Shoppers also will receive food, a discount coupon for framing and be eligible for door prizes.

This fall’s open house will feature floral arrangements by Linda Parrent, a master florist.

“She will be here showing her seasonal floral arrangements, both for Thanksgiving and Christmas,” Tuttle said.

“She’ll have a special display set up under the portico,” she added.

“This year, and every year, we try to focus on our local and regional artists,” Tuttle said.

The Framery features more than 20 local and regional artists and craftspeople, including Robert Tino, Joe Trout and Tuttle’s mother, Mary Wilburne, founder of the Framery.

Wilburne founded the Framery, under the name “Mary Wilburne Gallery on the Lake,” in September 1989, when the shop was located in Lenoir City.

The Gallery was originally only part-time and seasonal, allowing Wilburne to focus on painting.

Tuttle joined her mother in 1996 and the name changed to “Mary Wilburne Gallery.” In 2004, the pair moved the shop to Farragut and adopted the name “Town Framery.”

“We actually took our name from the town of Farragut … Mother [Wilburne] did not want to take top billing anymore. She was going to semi-retire and just focus on her painting.

“We wanted to tie in to the fact that we were moving into Farragut, so that’s how we got our name … and that’s why there’s no ‘e’ on the end of ‘Town,’” Tuttle said.

Despite the name reincarnations, Tuttle said the Framery has and will always focus on “regional art … that’s the one thing that’s been consistent in the 19 years.

“We’ve got a little bit of this and a little of that: from floral [paintings] to landscapes to fine arts crafter works, regional pottery,” Tuttle said.

Import items are used as “backfill,” she added.

The store does not carry major furnishings, but focuses on accessories, art and of course, custom framing.

The Framery holds two open houses a year.


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