APOLLO BEACH – In early March, Jill Scott decided to come home. So she and her husband, Dave, a retired Air Force major general, packed up and moved the Hoffman Porges Gallery in Ybor City to South Shore.
The new location called for a new name, and the Scotts had already branded a logo, she said. Thus after 25 years in Tampa’s Historic District, Hoffman Porges Gallery became Home Port Gallery in Apollo Beach.
“While we are sad to be leaving Ybor, we look forward to new opportunity,” she wrote to her Tampa customers when she announced the move. “Southern Hillsborough County is growing; the chambers of commerce are progressive; our new gallery is beautiful; access is easy and parking plentiful and free. And I can ride my bike to work!”
Home Port Gallery opened April 15. And in the two months since, Scott has proven her promise of exceptional service, quality and pricing.
“Jill is great,” said Mira Lago resident Laura Saylor. “She definitely beats the big box stores with her pricing. I told her over email what types of pictures we had, (gave her) an idea of what we wanted, and she had a few suggestions laid out when we arrived.
“I love her work, and I’ll definitely be going back... probably very soon.”
Saylor added the framing job Scott did for her came with a lifetime guarantee.
“I take great pride in finishing a project, looking at it and being able to say, ‘That is perfect,’” Scott said. “My goal is to have a place where people can come for high-quality craftsmanship at reasonable prices. My customer return rate is 100 percent.”
Home Port Gallery – a Greenwich Workshop authorized dealer – offers professional custom framing and an array of unusual artwork, handmade fine jewelry, hand-blown glass, sculpture and other unique finds from all over the world.
“I can find and get anything from photography and prints to original oils,” Scott said. “I have new items each week.”
She also offers appraisals, restorations and fine arts consulting.
“Jill came out to my house to look at my painting, and right away she knew what kind of frame it needed, given its placement and what I had around it,” said Kay Coburn Dyer of Sun City Center. “She’s very good, very punctual knowledgeable and nice. I highly recommend her.”
Home Port Gallery is at 6170 U.S. 41 N., in the Waterside Shops of Apollo Beach. Business hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday though Saturday and the second and fourth Sunday of every month, when Jen’s Marketplace is open at the plaza.
For information on Home Port Gallery, visit www.hpartgallery.com or call (813) 247-2000.