With the help of Indie Cambridge - the community of ‘real’ Cambridge - Cambridge Network continues its weekly exploration of the best independent shops, cafés, restaurants, people, businesses, venues and events in Cambridge and the surrounding area. This week: Simon Robinson & Son Picture Framers.
Explore Indie Cambridge - Simon Robinson & Son Picture Framers
When Simon Robinson began making picture frames at his kitchen table, he couldn’t have envisaged that almost 40 years later his hobby would have grown into a thriving family business. Starting small, selling at car boot sales, Simon’s handiwork proved so popular he outgrew the kitchen and moved to the family garage, before sending an SOS to son Lester, a butcher in Australia, for help.
By 2000, Simon Robinson & Son had opened their first premises on Melbourn High Street, and in 2003, the framers moved to their current studio in Haslingfield, when Simon retired.
Today, Lester and his specialist team (all friends and family, including mum Rosie ‘the oracle’), offer a bespoke framing service. Their studio houses an impressive wall of frames, showcasing the options (around 800). Wooden moulds are sourced from Italy, Germany, Spain and the UK - and clever reflection-minimising ClearColour glass is available.
The friendly team has framed everything from oil paintings and embroidery, kimonos and car parts, to 30 full-size replicas of artwork by the great masters, hung around London.
Nearly four decades on, Simon Robinson & Son is flourishing, with customers who first shopped at Simon’s garage, now visiting Lester. Many drop off cakes too. That’s a true sign of good customer service!
Simon Robinson & Son Picture Framers
Studio 6, Penn Farm, Harston Road
Haslingfield, Cambridge, CB23 1JZ
Telephone 01223 873123 /07507 289957
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