Sandwich man frames himself for new venture

In The Frame! Frames n' Things owners, Nick Allan (centre) with Darren Schofield and Fiona Kell. (S)
In The Frame! Frames n' Things owners, Nick Allan (centre) with Darren Schofield and Fiona Kell. (S)
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A Harrogate man who made a crust from selling sandwiches for a living has put himself in the picture for a new venture.

Nick Allan, who has owned and run Hetty Gray’s on Union Street for the last 12 years, has now turned his back on catering and converted his shop into an art gallery and picture-framing business.

His partners in the business, Darren Schofield and Fiona Kell, both worked at a framing shop just around the corner on Harrogate’s Oxford Street, and have more than 50 years’ experience in the trade between them.

The former sandwich shop will display and sell a range of original oil paintings, water colours, limited edition prints, picture frames and a variety of decorative objects.

The company’s bespoke framing service will also be carried out in-house.

Nick said: “I’d been running the sandwich business for the last 12 years and I was looking for a new challenge.

“I’ve always been an art-lover and regularly visit galleries around the region, which set my mind thinking.

“An art gallery and picture-framing business would be a great addition to Harrogate town centre.

“I’ve known Darren and Fiona for a number of years. They were regular customers of mine and we put our heads together and Frames n’ Things was born!”

He added: “We have been open for three weeks now and business is starting to take off as word spreads. I’m really enjoying the challenge and only wish I’d made the change earlier.”