Enjoy the delights of the Strawberry Patch now in Roberts

By: 
Alastair Baker
News Editor
Thursday, August 8, 2019
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Photos by Alastair Baker
The team of Strawberry Patch Frame Shop & Gallery line up outside, left to right, Melissa Larsen, Al Stuber and Dolly Stuber.

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Center, Dolly Stuber, ponders a frame for a picture in the framing assembly room while, far left, Melissa Larsen and far right, Al Stuber give advice.

Dolly and Al Stuber hosted an appreciation day at the new location of the Strawberry Patch Frame Shop & Gallery Aug. 3 in Roberts. 

The new location is across the entrance to the Roberts High School at 109 E. Maple Street.

It took six years of renovation to turn this forgotten house in to a bright gem that now feels like a country style home. Not bad for a place that was moved from a homestead and was just two-grain bins and a chicken coop put together according to ‘Trails, Tracks & Tributes: History of Roberts’ complied by the Roberts History Group.

The space has been redesigned to include a specious kitchen, dining room, a bathroom and a small bedroom that they call the Civil War room because the bed is from that era and is covered by a quilt with a Civil War pattern. Upstairs holds a drawing room/bedroom/office space.

To the side of the kitchen is the frame assembly room where clients can pick their frames and see how they look with their picture.  

Outside the main building stands the framing shred where the finished product is made. It can take up to a 40 by 60 piece.

Dolly plans to hold painting classes at the site, utilizing the backyard space by growing a lot of classic old-fashioned wildflowers. Budding artists will also benefit from having a water feature to paint. 

Their hope is that the business will help revitalize the town of Roberts in to becoming a business hub. 

“We have Kevin Red Star in town and several other artists and we do a lot of framing and so the work stays in this area. Roberts could turn out to be an extension of Red Lodge,” said Al.  “We’re like the little brother or sister down the road. Customers are still coming down from Red Lodge.” 

They are even hoping to host more events. 

Melissa Larsen, who works for Dolly helping with framing and assembly and social media, said, “I love this place. It has a lot more space for her to hold art classes.” 

“This is not a job, it’s catharsis,” said Larsen.

As for Dolly herself, she is “excited.”

“This is like my dream,” she said.  “I can have my strawberry patch.” 

Strawberry Patch Frame Shop & Gallery hours are Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. The phone is (406) 446-2262 and the email strawberry_patch@live.com.

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Street Address:

11 N. Broadway, Red Lodge, MT 59068

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 970, Red Lodge, MT 59068

Phone: 406-446-2222

Fax: 406-446-2225

Toll-Free: 800-735-8843

Open: Monday-Friday, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.