Bayview Framing & Art has completed its 6,000th frame job since new ownership in 2010.
Established by Mike Moulds in 2000, Bayview Framing remains the only framing shop in Ladysmith. In 2010, Wanda Dombrowski and her husband Bruce Whittington took over the store. Bayview Framing specializes in framing photos, visual art, and memorabilia of all kinds.
Over time, the shop has seen increased business from other communities on Vancouver Island, but Dombrowski says a bulk of the business comes from people in Ladysmith.
“It’s pretty amazing for a small town to have that much interest in the arts,” Dombrowski said.
These days Dombroski finds interest in specialty projects, like framing an authentic Wayne Gretzky jersey, and war medals from World War II. A technique known as shadowbox framing is used for these objects. The technique allows for the objects three-dimensional nature to be shown, and the process is reversible without damaging the pieces inside.
Not only is the shop a fixture in Ladysmith, but it will also appear as the sheriff’s office in the upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog movie.