GOSHEN — ShutterHugs, the former custom framing studio in downtown Goshen, now has a new name and new ownership, promising a fresh new take on the longtime downtown fixture.
That’s the word from Tavi Mounsithiraj, new owner of the recently renamed Tavi’s Studio and Gallery, 132 Main St., Goshen. Mounsithiraj took some time to describe his new endeavor and the changes he has planned for the business during a break from remodeling work at the studio Wednesday afternoon,
“This all started when I walked in here four months ago,” Mounsithiraj said of how the idea for taking over the business first took hold. “Lyman Hug, the former owner, had been talking about retiring and asked if I would like to take over the business, and this is something that I’ve wanted to do for a while, so it just seemed like a great opportunity.”
Having stepped down in April from an 18-year career with the soccer program at Goshen College, Mounsithiraj said he saw the request by Hug as the perfect opportunity to explore one of the other big loves in his life: Art.
“Actually I had a minor in art from college, and then soccer was kind of a sidetrack for me 18 years ago,” Mounsithiraj said. “I didn’t really start out thinking I would be a soccer coach, and I ended up doing that for 18 years at Goshen College. But I’ve always wanted to have an art studio and art gallery, especially here in Goshen, because it’s just a happening town now. I know a lot of the people here, and I see it as just a great opportunity to continue the ShutterHugs tradition. And I know Lyman wanted to make sure it stays as a framing business here in Goshen, so I just decided this was the perfect opportunity for me to step in and take over.”