JP FrameShop and Western Edge Gallery are owned and operated by Peggy and her husband Jeff. The three -storey store consists of various frames, artwork, prints, decorations, etc. The main floor consists of the âmore collecticâ vibe of whatever is happening in the current season. Below contains more western, wildlife, and outdoorsy artwork while above includes contemporary and Victorian pieces.
âI think itâs harder to imagine what kind of artwork to bring; I think that’s harder, âshe said. âBut we have a lot to travel. I looked everywhere we went and if I could see something 500 miles away, it would be nice to bring it here. Because hopefully every store has something unique for different people, rather than the same thing everywhere. It doesn’t hurt anyone. â
The Andersons met in college when Peggy was studying art and biology while Jeff was looking to become a finish carpenter. After graduation, the couple moved to California where they lived for many years. One day as Peggyâs father was getting older, he received a call from her back in North Dakota, asking if he would help run the family farm during the summer.
Peggy said, “Jeff is from Minnesota. He wasn’t a farmer by trade, but he’s a definite farmer now.
Spending about five years in North Dakota on the family farm and returning to California for the winter, the Andersons decided to plant their roots in Peggyâs old stomping ground. To continue their passion for art and interior design, they realized there was a need for a frame shop in southwest North Dakota.
âWe thought,â Thatâs a good niche for us – heâs a carpenter and Iâm an art person. And we just put it together and started a store, “Peggy said.” … To tell you the truth, someone called us and told us that the only one in town at the time was lost business. And I just felt like it was an opportunity and I didn’t really want to go back to California. We used to remodel houses and we would live in the house all winter-no matter what house we made-and I’m ready not to to do that. So it’s just like an opportunity. ”
In 1984, the couple opened their own store. Over the years, the store has moved from a different location to Dickinson, but Peggy noted that their current location is the best place – which was the original FW Woolworth building built in 1904.
When customers enter the store, Peggy greets them with a Midwestern hello before they are delivered on what will look best for their home. He discusses glass, stretching and/or mounting and informs customers what the final price will be before completing any of the work.
“After 30-plus years, hopefully you know your clients something and we know which frames are better quality than others. We know which (which) shipping is easier, “And we don’t carry things like plastic frames, composite frames,” she said, adding that those frames are not long-lasting.
Peggy Anderson, co-owner of JP FrameShop & Western Edge, assists a customer with a frame order Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021. (Jackie Jahfetson / The Dickinson Press)
An aerial view from the second floor shows the entrance to JP FrameShop & Western Edge as sunlight rises through the windows. (Jackie Jahfetson / The Dickinson Press)
Different objects are displayed on the brick wall inside JP FrameShop and Western Edge. (Jackie Jahfetson / The Dickinson Press)
In recent years, the store will make more needles, or cross-stitches, than photographs. Sometimes, 50 needle works will come in a month, Peggy says. However, this person is mostly pictures because needlework has become a missing art over the years.
With hundreds of moldings in stock, Peggy encourages people to stop by and check out her familyâs store. Although the continued shipping of strains has affected the downtown Dickinson store, he added that they are ready to fulfill peopleâs wishes.
âI really think people will come in earlier because of the news. You know how everyone says there are shortcomings everywhere? We had a hard time with some of our moldings; They have been out of stock for six, eight months and they will not return until April of next year, âhe said with a smile. “So you don’t get everything like before, but you still get 80-90%.”
Peggy Anderson, pictured above, is the co-owner of JP FrameShop & Western Edge located in downtown Dickinson. (Jackie Jahfetson / The Dickinson Press)
For the past 37 years, Peggy has said getting into work still doesnât feel like a job.
â(The best thing is) probably when they brought something torn and torn, and we returned it for them. They came and took it and couldnât believe how nice it was because we do a lot of that, âhe said.â Like old documents and things that people put in a trunk for 40-50 years, so itâs pretty cool that. “
JP FrameShop and Western Edge Gallery are located at 6 W. Villard St. Hours are 10 am to 6 pm Monday through Friday, and 10 am to 2 pm every Saturday. Vacation times may vary. For more information call 701-483-8495.