With the economic downturn, a Milwaukee artist institution may have to cut hours to survive.
Tradewind Products, where I purchase frames, mats, painting and art supplies, is located at 2020 S Kinnickinnic Milwaukee. Many of their usual customers haven't been in this year, said Mike, who has worked at the little hole-in-the-wall store for years. He's never seen it so bad.
If you need art supplies, call 414 482 2992 or stop in; hours are M-F 10-4; Sat. 9-noon. They might dump Saturday hrs. so call ahead. They have Nielsen metal frames, good quality, and other more ornate frames in back. I get glass there too. It's mostly a wholesale store so if you are in doubt, call them first. They will also cut mats and assemble your art for you.
They don't have a Web site or take e-mail orders. Checks and cash only, no credit cards. Yes, I suppose they could update that part of things to compete, but that's the way it is. Mike and John are nice guys, and work to keep their customers coming back.