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Gregory Cordero Peter Brumm

Gregory Cordero

Originally a native of Miami, moved to Chicago almost thirty years ago. “I always loved the art scene in Chicago. For me this meant anything from theater, to gallery shows to “indie” movies. And I enjoy meeting people who are engaged with the arts.” For him, opening a frame shop was an effortless decision.

When not working as an accountant for a major Chicago developer, he works in the sales area at Frames First.“It really is a challenge and pleasure to help customers pick framing for their art.” He notes this process can be confusing with all the frames available on the market today. But also that it can be fun! “I‘m there to sort through our large selection with a customer,” he says, “until we find just the right look. I am as happy as they are when a decision is made.”

His extensive accounting skills help the frame shop stay efficient and within budget. Peter Brumm, Frames First’s other owner, declares, “I bet there isn’t another frame center in the city as organized or up to date as we are.” To Gregory, doing a stellar job is what it’s all about!

Peter Brumm

Believes life is one big creative venture!“Putting together and finishing a project, any project, creates a fundamental joy in life! It’s about figuring out a way.”

As far as he is concerned plumbers, furnace repairmen and accountants can be just as creative as the typical artist. He is happy his business allows him to work with skills he loves to use. “Lucky for me framing involves using diverse components of myself.”

Peter lists trim carpentry, furniture building, grant writing and public speaking as creative skills necessary to run the shops day to day operations. “For example, public speaking is more than just getting up and comfortably yakking in front of people. A good speaker requires clear concise thought and the ability to say what people can hear.” This he says comes from listening, a skill critical to a successful retail setting.

He prides himself on his ability to help customers understand the visual effect a framing treatment can have on a piece of art. “When you help describe the effect of a certain mat, you are telling the customer you really can see an end product. You show an interest in something they have taken the time and money to invest in.

Peter brings over twenty years in the framing field to Frames First. He also does commercial fine art illustration for one of Chicago’s largest restaurant chains. His paintings reside in restaurants all over the country.