Just a heads up that this press release (or something similar) may be appearing in the Daily Post and Denbighshire Free Press, hopefully this week.


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“3 Year Old Black Dog!”

“Black Dog Birthday!”

“Dog in the Frame”


Black Dog Pictures and Framing are celebrating – it is 3 years since they opened at 7 Mwrog Street in Ruthin, and are looking forward to many more years at the same address. This is due to imminent exchange of contracts, and purchase of the shop and workshops, which is another cause of celebration.


Business start-ups are rarely easy, so any help is always gratefully received. Nick, the owner of Black Dog Pictures and Framing, told us the help he received from Cadwyn Clwyd, Glyn Joseph, then of The Denbighshire Enterprise Agency, and Iona Crompton of Newcis, was invaluable. Glyn’s professional help with the approach to Cadwyn Clwyd for a start-up grant, and Iona’s assistance with a small grant for professional training was massively important. Without the help of these people and organisations, setting up the picture framing business would have been much harder.


Now, three years down the line, Nick, Carl and Bob, the black dog, are busily servicing the needs of customers from all around Denbighshire and Flintshire. The investment in, and acquisition of, a Wizard 9000, an all singing and dancing computerised mount cutter has helped productivity and design. Black Dog are able to offer the customer many more shapes, styles and a variety of designs, individualising the mount surround to the item being framed. These items have included the usual paintings, prints and photographs, as well as rugby and football shirts, medals, tools, records, and even the plaster cast of a baby’s foot.


The retail area of the shop, which sells the work of a variety of local artists and photographers, retro travel and automotive posters, rock posters and framed vinyl, dates back to the mid-15th century. Some wonderful original oak beams are visible, with even more remarkable examples in the room above. These created great excitement with the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales, who have visited on three occasions to draw and photograph these wonderful examples of medieval architecture. Nick says “Becoming the custodian of such a historic building is an honour, and we intend cherish and, wherever possible, enhance this wonderful architecture”.


Achieving all this within the three years is down to hard work, and Nick, Carl and Bob would like to thank all their wonderful customers who have supported them. For more information please visit the website www.blackdogpictures.co.uk or Facebook/Black Dog Pictures, or call into the shop.