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Partnership expands the offerings at Rappahannock Hang-Ups and Gallery

From left are Cindy Pittman and Lara Brady Kelley, partners at Rappahannock Hang-Ups and Gallery in Kilmarnock. Photo by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

Not quite ready for retirement after nearly 43 years in business, Cindy Pittman instead decided to grow Rappahannock Hang-Ups and Gallery by adding a partner.

Lara Brady Kelley joined Cindy as an equal partner in the frame shop at 74 South Main Street, Kilmarnock, in February. The two have known each other for decades. Lara has worked at the shop on-and-off and even painted a mural on the side of the former frame shop building on School Street.

Cindy has made a few moves since opening Rappahannock Hang-Ups in White Stone in the fall of 1981. She moved the business to School Street in 1984 and to its current home on Main Street in 2004.

She wasn’t quite ready to lay down the framing tools and retire but realized she needed some help.

“I want people to know I haven’t retired,” said Cindy. “I needed a bit more help and ‘ta-da’ there was Lara. Having Lara is a ‘glory hallelujah.’ She knows what she’s doing. I didn’t have to teach her. She knew how to cut a mat and cut a frame. She jumped right in.”

Lara graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a degree in communications art and design in 1991 and has since owned and published a fishing magazine and served as executive director of an assisted living facility…

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