If you have been in this town for more than a couple decades, like I have, there is no doubt you have grown to love Debbi and Bernadette 9owners of Art Frenzie). They have contributed and supported the South Florida gay scene in so many ways. Their biggest project, Art Frenzie, is turning 25 this November and I thought this would be a great time to sit down with my friends and chat about their thriving business.
Why did you gals open Art Frenzie?
Debbi – I had been in this business for 12 years, but I didn’t agree with the ethics of my then boss, so I was thinking of changing jobs. At that time Bernadette and I were in a relationship, and she was a hairdresser. We both needed a change, so we decided to open a place of our own. George Kessinger (original owner of Georgie’s Alibi) called us and told us we should open in the Alibi Plaza and that became our first location. We are now in our 4th location, but we have always stayed on the drive.
What’s new at Art Frenzie?
A few months back we moved into our newest location at 2330 Wilton Dr, and we would like to thank the community for continuing to support us. In addition to that a lot of people don’t know we have a second location that has more frames than artwork, but we are in the process of increasing the artwork there. Its at 850 Flagler Drive.
What makes Art Frenzie unique?
We specialize in the art of Custom Framing! Our Motto is “Designed by You, Handcrafted by us.” We do offer a wonderful selection of moldings and artwork and keep up with the latest trends. Our retail pricing is very competitive, and we offer layaway plans with no interest.
We are also known for our unique custom mirrors & wide variety of home decor items; Artisan jewelry & sculptures.
In addition, we are the distributor for Steve Walkers Estate.
Other things people may not know about Art Frenzie is that we do wholesale to the trade and our art and framework can be seen in many hotels and restaurants, and that we have a “come to you” service where we will come to your house or place of business.
What does the future hold for Art Frenzie?
Hopefully 25 more years of giving quality workmanship and framing. In addition, we are applying for a wine and beer license and plan to sell that along with coffee. We are also planning to offer painting classes and in the very near future our friends Kodi and Sandy are opening Drag Vape Lounge in one of our up-front studios.
When is the 25th celebration?
We are celebrating the whole week from November 5th through the 12, with 25% off any in-stock merchandise, but the actual celebration is Saturday, November 12 from 6:30-10pm and we will feature live entertainment, lite bites from Josie at Bubbles and Pearls Catering.
Call them for your free wall space consultation at (954)560-3684.