“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill
This year, Eastlake is celebrating 30 years of helping Central Oregonians transform their art into framed masterpieces. We’ve seen everything from Chagall paintings to an Egyptian papyrus to paint brushes that someone’s grandmother used to paint with. And we’ve been working with the same all-women staff for almost two decades now.
So, what does it take to survive in business for more than 30 years? Debbie Spicer, owner of Eastlake Framing, would tell you it requires a fundamental, yet simple, philosophy: love what you do, do it with integrity and remember to always give back.
Under Spicer’s leadership, Eastlake Framing has developed a retail footprint that is three times the size of an average frame shop in the US. It has been recognized as the small business with the best consumer-marketing program in the country by the Photo Marketing Association/Professional Picture Framing Association (PMA/PPFA). Eastlake Framing was also recognized as Bend’s 2008 Distinguished Small Business of the Year.
Spicer’s recognition as a business owner is due in large part to her charity. Spicer believes people want to do business with companies who are interested in enhancing the community. Eastlake contributes annually to over 40 local organizations and causes.