John Miller has spent over two decades at his frame shop J Miller Pictureframer in Mashpee helping to preserve people’s art, memories, treasures and keepsakes; doing so with great care and enthusiasm. He is also a passionate community member, giving of his time and expertise to a great many local causes. We chatted with him about this service, as well as his thoughts on what makes Cape Cod so special and why it’s important to shop local.
Tell us about your connection to the Cape and your business/profession.
I came to Cape Cod right out of college in 1970, as program director for WOCB Radio (now WXTK) in Yarmouth. Later general manager and/or an owner of several other Cape stations…WQRC, WFCC, WOCN and spent 25 years in that biz. My years on the Cape produced three wonderful (native!) children and one grandchild so far. My passions include restoring antique Cape homes…mostly within the South Dennis Historic District/Main St. I’ve served as a board member or president of numerous Cape nonprofits including Cape Symphony, Cape Conservatory, Chamber Music Players, Latham School, Elder Services, United Way, Cotuit Center for the Arts, Cahoon Museum, Barnstable Land Trust, Cape Cod Community College Educational Foundation (and interim director for a while). I have also served on several town boards in Dennis and Mashpee. I enjoy music of all kinds, and am a classical organist.
What do you love about the Cape Cod community?
Well, the beauty of the Cape, for starters. And of its people. Wonderful environment, year-round activities of all kinds, diversity, really interesting…and interested…people/residents/visitors, a common and shared interest in the Cape’s wellbeing, responsiveness to social and environmental needs/concerns, and the region’s rich and multi-faceted history.
What are some of the best parts of living here?
Did I mention location/beauty? Also, it IS possible to enjoy all I said above AND make a living AND develop an appreciation for the amazing lifestyle that many of us enjoy.
Why do you think it is important to shop local?
Small business drives the economy, everywhere. And that’s especially true here because that’s pretty much the only kind of business that exists here, save a handful of big box stores, chains, and non-local banks, etc. Small business is where most people work. The only thing that sustains these businesses are the determination and skills of their owners, coupled…most importantly…with residents and visitors who frequent, support, and champion these efforts as customers.
Describe your ideal Cape Cod day.
Awake with a smile. Breakfast on the deck. Short drive to work. LOVE what I do. Celebrate and tend to my customers. Attend meetings here and there. An occasional sunset beach stroll (or brisk winter walk!). Exploring conservation areas. Dinner out somewhere local. Often with friends. Go to a nonprofit fundraiser. Listen to music or go to a concert or play. Watch Chronicle. Listen to WCAI. 11pm WCVB news. Keep up with current events/news.