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Art store ‘right across the street’ draws students

Art store ‘right across the street’ draws students

September 14
21:28 2010

Shannon Moffatt / Intern –

Walking down Mulberry Street, many people notice that the Art Building and HMS Art & Frame Shop sit right across the street from each other. Many students may wonder which came first, the building or the store.

The Art Building that stands today was built in 1969, said Jim Hornsby, owner of HMS. His store opened in 1973.

Hornsby’s British grandfather was in the Royal Navy, which gave his mother the idea to name the store after the British ships she grew up with. Her Majesty’s Service — HMS Art & Frame — became the name of the store.

Video by Jon Howell

HMS originated at 107 Ave. A, which is now Jimmy Johns, but moved to its current location in 1976. Hornsby said after three years of renting that space, they bought 1212 W. Mulberry St., right across the street from the Art Building.

“Buying paper and other stuff is always convenient when it’s right across the street,” said Jana Vinson, a photography senior.

Richard Benavidez, a drawing and painting and sculpture senior, has worked at HMS for six months. Benavidez said UNT students make up about 90 to 95 percent of its clientele.

“During class a lot of people will run there across the street or on their breaks to get a certain pencil or tool they need or a certain kind of paper,” said Paige Walton, an art history and drawing and painting junior.

Jim Hornsby is the son of Harvey and Betty Hornsby, the founders of the family-owned store, and grew up in Denton.

Anna Burgess, a photography graduate student, organizes brushes at HMS Art & Frame Shop at 1212 W. Mulberry St., which has been a family-owned store since 1973. Photo by Greg McClendon/Staff Photographer.

“My mom and dad, they were old people when they started this place,” Jim Hornsby said. “I was a little bitty kid, I’ve been here all my life. We’ve been on the block longer than anybody else.”

Holly Siggelow, a sculpture junior, said HMS has an interesting vibe.

“It’s not as welcoming as Voertman’s because Voertman’s is big,” she said. “HMS is a little small so you don’t think they’re going to have what you need, but they do. It’s kind of a false perception.”

Art Alley, Hobby Lobby, Michael’s and Voertman’s are just a few of HMS’s local competitors.

“A lot of the art supplies there are really expensive,” Walton said. “I go there more because it’s across the street. There are other places I could go to get better deals, definitely.”

At Art Alley, a comparable art store on North Locust Street, students do not make up a large percentage of the clientele, said Randy Axtell, owner of Art Alley.

It’s a different story at Hobby Lobby on Loop 288, said Rebecca Shonk, customer service manager. Students or members of school art departments from the surrounding area make up about 75 percent of the clientele.

Stacey Kenney, store manager at Michael’s in Denton, said they have at least 50 students a day buying general art supplies.
“They wiped me out when school started a couple weeks ago,” Kenney said.

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