Starting February 13th CLIX Portrait Studios Reinvents the Innovation in Portrait Photography in Maple Grove, MN

CLIX, an Atlanta-based rapidly growing portrait photography franchise, continues to expand its fun, family-friendly business with the introduction of a new husband and wife franchisee team, Sandy and Michael Pawlyszyn. The official grand opening will be held February 13th at The Fountains at Arbor Lakes mall, 11664 Fountains Drive, in Maple Grove, Minnesota.

The Fountains at Arbor Lakes is a new, upscale outdoor lifestyle mall featuring a variety of stores, boutiques and restaurants. The Pawlyszyns chose the area because they feel they can make a positive impact on the community, particularly to the young families, through the large variety of CLIX offerings.

"The main reason we chose the CLIX business," said Sandra Pawlyszyn, "is because of the frustration we had trying to obtain quality portraits of our own children in the Twin Cities' market. We plan to make the picture taking event for families who come to our studio one that is positive, enjoyable and convenient, instead of the stress-filled hassle it often becomes."

The Pawlyszyns, who live in Eden Prairie, are parents to two active children, Reagan Karmin, age 4 and Finnegan Myron, who is 2 years old. Owning their own CLIX studio is just the beginning of the plans they've made to provide a secure future for their children. Their long-term goals include bringing 5 other CLIX locations to the Twin Cities over the next 10 years.

Sandy, who will run the business initially, is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a BS in Business Marketing. Her most recent position was as a principal sales consultant with Oracle Corporation, the world's second largest software development company. Michael, who has a BS in secondary education and a BS in broad field social studies, will remain in his position as a key account director for Oracle. "Together we have extensive business backgrounds," said Sandy, "and we will be able to utilize those skills in our new business. We will focus on the quality of the product we produce and also on providing a very solid and positive customer service experience. In addition, our background will help us with strong operational efficiencies to further increase customer satisfaction."

The Pawlyszyns were attracted to the CLIX concept for a variety of reasons but particularly for the high quality with fast product and service turn-around. "We liked that our customers could use the photos on-line and that they could own all photos taken if they wanted," said Sandy. "We will be offering a wide range of event photography services as well, such as sports team, dance and preschool photos. We will also have a fundraising opportunity which local organizations may want to use. As active members of the Chamber of Commerce, we hope to become even more involved in community activities."

"We are excited to have the Pawlyszyns join our system," said CLIX president and CEO David Asarnow. "They have the passion for providing excellent service to the community and also the business acumen needed to be successful franchisees.

"CLIX provides franchisees like the Pawlyszyns with everything they need to open their business and the CLIX system gives them a structure in which to operate with a roadmap towards success," adds Asarnow. "Because we've done all the ground work, our franchisees can concentrate on growing their business."

To introduce their business to the public, the Pawlyszyns will be offering a special promotion during the Grand Opening. For a nominal fee of $9.95, visitors to their CLIX studio will receive a FREE sitting, one 8x10 portrait, four 3x5 portraits, eight wallets and 16 personal-sized photos.

"After the frustration we've experienced trying to get quality family portraits," said Sandy, "Michael and I are very eager to become the place for both studio and events photography."

About CLIX
Founded in 1999, CLIX is a rapidly growing portrait photography franchisor offering in-store portrait photography, special event photography, Covergirlz portrait parties and assisted or do-it-yourself digital photo books and publishing products. The company and their franchisees currently employ 70+ people at seventeen portrait studios nationally and have 10 franchise units in the pre-opening stages. For more information on CLIX franchise operation opportunities, call 1-888-246-2549, visit or email



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