COTTONWOOD – John’s Design Center at 541 N. Main St. has become a business landmark in town. John Mudersbach owned and operated the business for about 28 years. Now he has retired, officially Dec. 1. But the business will stay open under the same name and in the same location.
Trevor Gottschalk and Ben Kramer have purchased the business, and they are expanding the hours.
Trevor will manage the business full-time. He has lived in the Verde Valley since he was 5. Ben was born and raised in Clarkdale. He is the fire inspector for the City of Cottonwood. Both men graduated from Mingus Union High School.
John will not be completely out of the picture (no pun intended). Trevor said John and his daughter, Debbie Reeves, will both stay on as consultants.
The business offers picture frames, matting, ready-made frames, framed art and framed art prints.
Trevor said he and Ben will offer some new pricing structures, and they will be selling some of the overstock on framing materials at a discount.
“Our No. 1 goal is to maintain the same quality and live up to the expectations people have of John’s Design Center,” Trevor said. At the same time, Trevor and Ben intend to give customers some new options that could result in savings.
Hours are 9 to 5 Monday through Friday, and 9 to 1 on Saturday. The business has not, in the past, been open on Saturday.