All Like Art & Frames
By YP Contributor

One-Woman, One-Stop Artistic Framing in Surrey

All Like Art & Frames is Surrey's one-woman, one-stop art and framing shop. Whether you're looking for custom framing, needlework, apparel or passport photos, owner and manager Surinder Kaurmann has you covered.

After many years of working long hours in a bakery, Surinder decided to try making it on her own. Her family knew that her warm personality and incredible work ethic would make her successful and encouraged her to go out and find a way to own her own business. All Like Art & Frames caught her eye when she was having a picture framed there one day in 2006. She talked to the owner, Kanwalnain Bedi, who was nearing retirement at the time and looking to hand off his cherished business to a successor.

The previous owner stayed with me for two and half years. He taught me everything and I learned everything. - Surinder Kaurmann, owner
All Like Art & Frames. Custom framing, needlework, hockey jerseys, cross stitch, passport photos

An Uncertain Journey

Surinder saw that the business was perfect for her and almost immediately asked Kanwalnain about buying it. "He said, 'Okay I will sell it to you'. And then I said, 'I will quit my job, and I want to make sure you are really selling to me. Because I cannot survive without a job'," Surinder recalls. Things were looking good for Surinder and it seemed her new career as a self-made woman was about to begin. "And then, one week before, our deal was cancelled. It didn’t go through." The previous owner was considering passing on his business to his daughter and things were uncertain, both for the former owner's family and Surinder's career. "After that, I went home. I had quit my job," Surinder says. "I didn’t go back to my job. I was sitting at home and praying, praying, praying, ‘Please God, give me the store, give me the store.’ ... And after four months, he called me and said, 'I will sell the store to you.' … And I was so excited." Surinder met him that day and the deal was done—her new career had finally begun.

All Like Art & Frames. Custom framing, needlework, hockey jerseys, cross stitch, passport photos

Learning to Frame from the Master

"He stayed with me for two and half years. He taught me everything and I learned everything. Sometimes he had to yell at me," Surinder says, laughing, "because I didn’t know how to cut the mats…He was like the boss even though I was the owner. We were a good team, and I still talk to him." Surinder is forever grateful to Kanwalnain for the change he helped make in her life. It was with his help and the encouragement from her two sons that she was able to learn the skills she needed to remake her life and her career. Luckily for the people of the Lower Mainland, Surinder was trained by the best, and is now ready to meet any custom framing needs you may have for her.

All Like Art & Frames. Custom framing, needlework, hockey jerseys, cross stitch, passport photos
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