'Framing Obama' A Mini Economic Boom for Chicago Small Business Artists Frame Service

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Not since Michael Jordan's 1998 3-Peat with the Chicago Bulls has Chicago retailer Artists Frame Service seen one man and one milestone ignite such demand for picture framing. The Obama framing frenzy has created a mini economic boom at the Chicago small business which is literally framing the first draft of history as fans rush to preserve their piece of Obamabilia.

Framing Obamabilia

In an environment where small businesses are more challenged than ever, I'm honored to have a city block named after me. It is especially gratifying since my retail career began at the age of five just a few blocks from here at my grandparents' and parents' dime store on Armitage Street.

Not since Michael Jordan's 1998 3-Peat with the Chicago Bulls has Chicago retailer Artists Frame Service seen one man and one milestone ignite such demand for picture framing. It has created a mini economic boom at the Chicago small business.

Artists Frame Service manager Nellie Siegel says, "Since election night in Grant Park we have been helping people preserve so many different Barack Obama memories, all kinds of posters, photographs, invitations, buttons, newspapers and election memorabilia - or Obamabilia as it is called. It is really amazing to see the range of personal memories from events we have all witnessed. We are literally preserving the first draft of history." The shop expects what has turned out to be an Obama economic boom to continue as thousands of locals return from Inauguration events this week.

It has been quite an eventful January for Artists Frame Service. The store's founder and owner, entrepreneur Jay Goltz was recognized on January 9 by the City of Chicago which re-named the avenue where he has been in business for 30 years, Honorary Jay Goltz Way. Alderman Scott Waguespack of Chicago's 32nd Ward unveiled the street sign and City Proclamation at a Goltz Group party to the resounding cheers of Jay Goltz' 100+ employees. The street sign is located at the intersection of Clybourn and Kenmore in Chicago's Lincoln Park.

Of the street sign recognition Jay Goltz said, "In an environment where small businesses are more challenged than ever, I'm honored to have a city block named after me. It is especially gratifying since my retail career began at the age of five just a few blocks from here at my grandparents' and parents' dime store on Armitage Street."

About Artists Frame Service and Jay Goltz:
Founded by Chicago businessman and retail entrepreneur Jay Goltz, Artists Frame Service celebrated its 30th Anniversary in 2008. Since its pioneering beginnings as the first store on Chicago's industrial Clybourn Corridor, Artists Frame Service has grown to become the largest picture frame shop in the country. Selected "Chicago's Best Picture Framer" by Chicago Magazine, Artists Frame Service and Jay Goltz have been featured in national publications such as Inc. Magazine, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, Fortune Small Business, Crain's Chicago Business and the Chicago Tribune. Artists Frame Service is one of only 14 companies featured in best selling book "Small Giants: Companies that Choose to Be Great Instead of Big." Jay Goltz is a noted retail and small business expert who regularly gives keynote speeches and interviews on small business management topics.

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