by Borderstan.com December 14, 2012 at 1:00 pm 2,308 1 Comment

"Framesmith"

Framesmith DC is moving down the street. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com. 

Paula Amt is moving her Q Street business, Framesmith DC, to a new home at 1420 11th Street NW (at 11th & P streets).

The new store will be about 800 sq. ft. and will open on January 12, 2013. For now, Amt is still working at the current location, but is not taking on any new customers.

Services from Framesmith DC are by appointment only. For more information, call 202-518-2500. Interested customers can also catch Amt at her art gallery, gallery plan b (1530 14th Street NW).

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by Borderstan.com February 17, 2010 at 9:30 am 2,536 1 Comment

Paula Amt gallery plan b Luis Gomez Photos Logan Circle Borderstan

Paula Amt crosses 14th Street on her way to her frame shop from her gallery. Her two business are less than a block apart on the 14th Street corridor. (Luis Gomez Photos)

by Luis Gomez

Paula Amt is a true Borderstan entrepreneur: she lives in eastern Dupont and owns two businesses in western Logan Circle. Her first business was Framesmith DC, which opened in April 1999 in the carriage house at 1352 Q Street NW; the second was gallery plan b, which opened in March 2005 at 1530 14th Street NW.

The frame shop and the gallery are among a number of galleries that have come to the 14th Street corridor. Gallery plan b exhibits include photography, drawings, prints and sculpture. Amt features established artists as well as emerging local talent.

Borderstan: Why did you decide to go into business for yourself?

Amt: After having worked for a small business and commuting to Kensington, Maryland by Metro, I decided I wanted those three hours of my life back every day. I did not start these businesses because I am a “business person,” I started them because I wanted a little more independence–some might say “control”–and no commute, and to be working in the community in which I live.

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