Kyla Mazurkewiz outside Victorian City Art & Frame
Kyla Mazurkewiz, Age 31
Victorian City Art & Frame
1273 Liberty St. Franklin, PA 16323
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Unlike most of our Y.E.S. members, Kyla Mazurkewiz is not native to the Franklin area. After being born in California, raised in Illinois, and living for a time in Colorado after earning her B.S. in Business from University of Wisconsin-Parkside, she and her then boyfriend, now husband, Mark moved to Franklin for a job opportunity in 2006.
Kyla was intrigued when she learned about Victorian City Art & Frame, because her family had owned a frame shop in California. Although she was too young to learn from it at the time, the custom framing throughout her childhood home had made a lasting impression. Then owner Scott McCray brought her in and started to teach her the business, and before long she started taking over on Saturdays so he could have a day off. Saturdays led to more opportunities around the holidays and “Pretty soon we started talking about ‘one day’… one day in the future, this could be mine. This shop, down town, on the main street, with a thriving business community, close to home, and my dentist, and my optometrist, and everywhere I already love… the rivers, the trails, the restaurants I love… this shop, could be mine… and I wanted it, I’ve worked for it, and I will be building it with everything I have to give, year after year,” Kyla said. Kyla purchased Victorian City Art & Frame in November 2011. It was a good time in both their lives for a transition – She and Scott were both ready for a change. They have continued to work together off and on, and continue to do so as often as time permits.
Kyla said one of the biggest benefits of owning a business in Franklin is the number of people who come into town for festivals and events. She also takes advantage of continuing business education and networking opportunities provided by the city and local economic development agencies. “This is a great community of business professionals that appreciate the fine details of custom framing and what that brings into their home or office, and the support from business to business is strong. Plus there are so many people who travel from this area, that I get to live vicariously through all the art that comes home from other countries. I love hearing all the stories from people’s travels!”
Though she prefers country living over the city life, Kyla enjoys the fact that we are within an easy days trip to Pittsburgh or great mountain skiing. In her personal time, Kyla and her husband enjoy the rivers, creeks, and trails that are perfect for biking, hiking, and canoeing. “This area is so picturesque, and now I get to see it through other photographers’ eyes,” she said. Kyla and Mark are avid travelers as well, and they appreciate the low cost of living in Franklin that makes it possible for them to see the world. They also enjoy Franklin’s many great restaurants and the social activities, including involvement with the Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce and volunteering with the Two Mile Run County Park Trail Committee, that have introduced them to many great new friends.
“The friends I’ve met here are genuine and love to live life to the fullest just the same as we do. What more could you want?”