July 30, 2014
UNION — After 28 years of serving the framing needs of Union citizens, Bill McCall will be closing his shop for the last time this August.
“I started this business after I retired from Cone Mills,” McCall said. “I have been told that I have to vacate the building in thirty days.”
McCall’s Frame Shop is located at 111 West Main Street, Union, and has a variety of merchandise including paintings figurines, and jewelry that McCall plans to sell during the store’s final days.
Surrounded by his stock of lithographic prints, many of which are signed by the original artist, McCall wondered how he was going to be able to sell the stock in time to leave.
“Maybe at eighty-eight it is time to quit,” said Bill’s wife Betsy. “But Bill still wants to come to the shop every day even though he is in a wheel chair. It will be a sad day for the both of us.”
Upon graduation from the University of South Carolina with a degree in Chemistry and Physics, McCall taught at Union High School.
“This was when it was located on E. Main Street. I taught for two years and also coached tennis,” McCall said. “After getting my Master’s degree, I went to Cone Mills, where I worked until 1985.
“Upon retiring from Cone, my plans were to take my wife Betsy out west to Nevada, where we would find a nice cabin and make our home,” he said. “I found that cabin on the top of a mountain and called Betsy to come on out. While I was waiting for her to arrive, a bad storm came up. The next thing I knew, the cabin was coming down the mountain. When Betsy arrived, I told her we were going back to Union. We did and never regretted that decision.”
In his 28 years of operating the framing shop McCall made many friends in Union and throughout the southeast. He was instrumental in getting the arts programs started in Union. In his shop Bill still has much frameable art including J. Gould bird prints reprinted from the originals.
“Closing this shop will take one more business off Main Street and that is a sad thing,”McCall said. “But I guess all things must come to an end.”