December 1, 2020

Harris & Co. Frame Shop to return to Douglas Avenue

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Michael Harris is returning his Harris & Co. Frame Shop to Douglas Avenue, where it’s been located a few other times. He said this will be the final move for his business.

The Wichita Eagle

For what he swears will be the last time, Michael Harris is moving his Harris & Co. Frame Shop.

“This is it for me,” said the 53-year-old.

He’s moving his business into the former Monkey Bytes Computer Repair space at 1219 E. Douglas just east of Washington.

Earlier this month, Have You Heard? reported that Monkey Bytes moved to 853 N. West St.

Though Harris’ shop has been within the Diver Studio at 424 S. Commerce for the last 16 years, he started his business just off of Douglas Avenue in 1992 and moved to two more sites along it after that.

“It’s like kind of coming back,” Harris said.

First he was in Old Town, then at the site that became Monica’s Bundt Cake, and then Harris was in Delano where Ruben’s Mexican Grill is now.

Harris’ business will jump from 1,500 square feet to 2,700 square feet. There’s an apartment above the business where he said he’ll likely one day live.

In addition to continuing to offer custom framing, Harris also will sell artwork and have gallery space. He said having his own space will give him the chance “to pick and choose who we do.”

Harris expects to be open in his new space on Monday. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.

First, though, he has to finish moving, which has been a challenge.

Unlike past moves, Harris notes that he’s “just getting older” and has “acquired so much stuff.”

He’s also remodeled the space, but Harris said all the work will be worth it.

“It’s just so much bigger,” he said. And it has “kind of a homey feel.”

“It’s coming along really good.”

Carrie Rengers has been a reporter for almost three decades, including 16 years at The Wichita Eagle. Her Have You Heard? column of business scoops runs five days a week in The Eagle. If you have a tip, please e-mail or tweet her or call 316-268-6340.

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