Ten years is a major milestone for any small business, and Fishers’ Gallery 116 is no exception.
Owners Tracy Gritter and Denise Town say the key to their success has been cultivating strong relationships with customers and artists, of which the gallery has featured 480 during the past decade.
“Word of mouth is probably our best advertising,” said Town. “That’s what really keeps us alive. That and tenacity … really, really hard work.”
Gallery 116 offers a service called “Perfect Placement and Design,”in which the gallery brings various works of art to potential buyers to let them observe and purchase pieces in the convenience and comfort of their own home.
“We try to keep it ever-changing,” Town said. “We have a wide range of artists doing anything from canvas artwork to jewelry to painted glassware, pottery, knitting and more.”
The gallery is featuring artwork from many local artists, including abstract artist and co-owner Tracy Gritter, and Cindy Schum, who does stamped, sterling silver jewelry. The gallery also features jewelry made and sponsored by Stinky Toes, a business which uses the profit from its art to adopt children from Africa.
To celebrate its 10-year anniversary, Gallery 116 is resuming its art class offerings, which include journal-making, canvas painting and vintage tray classes. Customers will also have a chance to see the newly-renovated space at the gallery.
According to Town, just making it for 10 years has been the biggest achievement for her.
“We’ve made a business with an optimal environment that’s open every day so people can come see us,” Town said. “Our customers say we have a beautiful store and beautiful art.”
Gallery 116 is located at 8597 E. 116th St. in Fishers. To contact the gallery, call 577-9730 or visit www.gallery116blog.com.
By Scott Raychel