Making One-of-a-Kind Memories

Making One-of-a-Kind Memories

by Susan Neuhalfen

People like Jim Gilliam are hard to find these days. In a day and age when cell phones seem to have everyone’s attention, finding someone who is a meticulous craftsman seems rare. Finding someone who holds himself accountable to a standard of perfection, is nearly impossible.

Then there is Jim Gilliam of Cadillac Art and Frame in Little Elm.

Jim has been framing pictures, shadow boxes, photographs and more since 1983. He has worked in various locations, opening galleries all over the country to the point where, no matter where he was working, people asked for him by name. That’s when they decided to open their family-owned business while raising five kids in the Lake Cities area.

“It isn’t unusual for him to spend 30-45 minutes with a customer,” said Brandy. “He asks all kinds of questions about the piece so that he can find out everything about it and its importance to the client. “Then he lets the customer pick out a few frames to get them involved in the process.”

Jim has been trusted with pieces dating as far back as 1650. He has framed a script from Shakespeare’s King Richard III, he has framed several antique restoration pieces as well as many baby items. When asked what were some of the most unique things he’s been asked to frame, he said there were many including the first toy given to a son by his mother in the 1950s which he had framed after she died, and an advertisement hanger for one client’s father’s dry cleaners from the 1970s.

These are the one-of-a-kind gifts and keepsakes that no one can duplicate.

Cadillac Art and Frame carries over 5000 frames and with Jim’s craftsmanship, nearly anything is possible. As far as pricing goes, they are an open book. The prices are on the back of the frames and there is a price sheet right on the table. They don’t mark things up and then offer a coupon to give customers the illusion of a different deal. They do, however, offer discounts for military, police officers, firefighters, teachers and more. Cadillac Art and Frame also guarantees the work for as long as they are in business. They have nearly 100 5-star reviews between Facebook, Google and Yelp and so far their track record is 100% customer satisfaction.

“The entire community has supported us and watched us grow,” said Brandy. “That’s why we give back to the community as much as possible.”

One of the ways they do this is by offering cool classes for kids and adults. The classes for kids are always themed and designed to bring out their inner abilities as artists. They include the canvas, paint and face painting, too. This is would work as a fun birthday party activity or just a great get together. They offer great painting classes for adults as well.

They have also donated supplies for the victims of Hurricane Harvey and are a drop off point for unwrapped toys for the Marine’s Toys for Tots program. They give back whenever possible because to Jim and Brandy, their clients are their friends and family.

“This community has been so good to us,” said Brandy. “We’ve sacrificed a lot to get here, but the friends and family we have here in the Lake Cities make it all worthwhile.”

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