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Blue Moon Framing owner enjoys Pahrump business climate

After running a small, home-based business in northern Nevada, one Pahrump resident found restrictions on such businesses tough to deal with.

Randi Case, owner of Blue Moon Framing, located at 1600 W. Calvada Blvd., began a similar framing business in Reno, but the way the area regulated work-from-home businesses, she found it tough to do what she wanted.

Case and her husband wanted to work toward retiring and one of the two liked Pahrump from a previous visit several years ago. Then a trip to town a few years later sold the other half on the couple to making the move.

“One day my husband said that he wished we could retire to Pahrump and I said, ‘Are you crazy?’” she said. “We came back down here in 2011 and looked around and saw that quite a few things had been added since we had previously been here and decided this is where we’re going to move and relocated.”

After realizing how much the town catered toward home-based businesses, Case began Blue Moon Framing in 2014 and enjoys the more lenient guidelines in the town.

“Reno has certain restrictions on what you can and cannot do with a home-based business, like not having visitors, so you’d have to go and deliver,” she said. “Pahrump has really embraced home-based businesses. It’s definitely a much nicer setup here.”

Case got into the business of framing after dressing her own art up, which then turned into more than just a hobby.

“I started out by framing my own artwork,” she said. “I actually went to framing school and learned all the dos and don’ts, and learned how to cut mats and everything and when we moved here we decided to open our own little frame shop.”

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held by the Pahrump Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, officially welcoming the organization.

“Certainly the exposure it gave me, you just can’t buy that kind of exposure,” she said. “It was nice that I met a bunch of people that I had never met… but mainly having the exposure was nice for a small business like mine.”

Since starting the business Case said that business has steadily picked up and with the exposure that ribbon cutting has brought her, she foresees it getting even better.

“It’s been going very well. Ye Olde Frame Shoppe closed last year so that created some business for me,” she said.

Blue Moon Framing will frame almost anything that has the ability to be framed, from paintings and prints, to sports memorabilia and beyond. Case explained that she see two kinds of items being brought in most to be serviced.

“The primary thing most people bring is art prints,” she said. “They want it matted, put under class and framed, you know, to protect it. The next most popular thing is actual painting. People bring me a lot of water colors and acrylics that they’ve done that they want framed.”

The process to frame an item usually takes around 10 days depending on what materials are used and if they’re in stock or not.

With all of the items that Case has framed over the years, there is one that stands out as most memorable.

“It was a hockey jersey for Bobby Hull, who used to play for the Chicago Blackhawks,” she said. “I was told he was really, really famous. It was one of his actual jerseys, he had signed it and everything.”

If you need something framed or want more information on Blue Moon Framing’s services contact them at 775-513-7019 or online at www.bluemoonframing.com and www.facebook.com/bluemoonframing.

Contact reporter Mick Akers at makers@pvtimes.com. Follow @mickakers on Twitter.

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