Small Business Spotlight: Stomping Grounds
An Interview with Stomping Grounds:
Facebook: Stompinggrounds Art : Books : Gifts
What do you sell:
Why did you decide to open your own business:
We opened Stomping Grounds after buying a large group of antique Geneva postcards. The postcards were so beautiful that we were inspired to enlarge them as artwork for our home. We tried to get nice reproductions through a few different online companies, but we had disappointing results. We started looking into fine art reproduction machinery so that we could do the printing ourselves. From there we educated ourselves on picture framing. When we opened Stomping Grounds we focused primarily on digital reproductions of old maps, photos and postcards. Eventually that grew into doing fine art reproductions for local artists. We also found there was a lot of demand for the picture framing side of the business, so that grew. We folded in Bethany’s experience with used and rare books. We also added locally made merchandise because we wanted to support Finger Lakes artisans. The store is named Stomping Grounds because the phrase evokes a nostalgic connection to a special place.
The ability to curate a space full of merchandise that people will find beautiful and inspiring.
Why did you decide to locate in Geneva:
Any specials or promotions you would like to advertise:
After the 4th of July we are temporarily moving to open “By Chance or Appointment.” We encourage shopping by appointment because we want our customers to enjoy being in a place where they can be sure that social distancing is taken seriously and masks are required. People are welcome to shop by themselves or in small groups. Framing services are also available by appointment. Even though this is a bit experimental, we hope our customers will schedule times to enjoy the peace and quiet of browsing in our store. Additionally, because of the current situation with Covid-19, we are making daily changes and additions to our website. We invite anyone who feels most comfortable shopping from home to check out our online store (www.stompinggrounds.com.) We offer curbside pickup of online orders or free porch drop deliveries in Geneva.
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