Suffolk couple closing frame shop after 53 years

A 53-year routine is coming to an end for Becky and Jimmy Bradshaw.

SUFFOLK, Va. (WVEC) --- A 53-year routine is coming to an end for Becky and Jimmy Bradshaw.

“It hasn’t been just business,” said Becky Bradshaw. “It’s been life.”

They are the couple behind Bradshaw’s Picture Frame Shop in downtown Suffolk.

Becky and Jimmy first opened in 1964 and moved to their current location on West Washington street in 1974.

This September, the Bradshaws announced their retirement. The shop will close sometime before Christmas.

Jimmy's eyesight isn't what it used to be, and they both decided it was just a good time to retire.

“We’ve gained an enormous number of friends,” said Becky Bradshaw.

They've been in the business almost as long as they've been married.

Becky and Jimmy were in their early 30’s when they opened the shop. Before that, Becky was a school teacher and Jimmy worked in construction.

They never got rich doing it, but they base their wealth on the extra family time spent inside the shop raising their two kids.

Those kids are now grown up with kids of their own.

“You know those are things that no one can take away from us,” said Becky.

The number of frames, knickknacks and lamps is getting smaller by the day, but when closing day comes they’ll take with them 53 year good years.

They’ll also have the freedom to start new routines together in retirement.

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