10 Questions: Morgan Mallory inspired by selflessness


Morgan Mallory lives in Cardiff-by-the Sea with his wife, Brenda Dizon, who has been in real estate finance for over 25 years. They have a daughter and son-in-law who live in Maui.

Mallory is a board member of Leucadia 101 Main Street and Cardiff 101 Main Street Association, as well as an avid photographer (the Facebook page for the city of Encinitas frequently features his photos).

He has also been the owner of Corner Frame Shop and Leucadia Art Gallery for the last 34 years and is a graduate of the San Francisco Picture Framing Academy.

1: What brought you to Encinitas?

Born in Ft Lauderdale, I moved to La Jolla in the early ’70s from Evanston, Ill., to finish school while working in the restaurant business. I then migrated north to Del Mar while working in real estate and further north to a beautiful rural coastal town called Cardiff-By-The Sea.

I was charmed. Working in the old Cardiff Hotel & Mercantile building and living in a little apartment on the lagoon, playing hoops at Glen Park with a big forgiving wood backboard and kayaking on the lagoon was my start in what was to be my hometown. Then “Encinitas” was brought to me with incorporation.

I feel fortunate the Fates landed me here.

2: If you could snap your fingers and have it done, what might you add, subtract or improve in Encinitas?

Subtract the train tracks. Bury them like Solana Beach, move them next to the freeway or at least snap safe, legal and quiet pedestrian and bike access across the tracks.

South of La Costa Avenue to Encinitas Boulevard there is a total of roughly 48 inches of legal pedestrian passage to the beach. From Santa Fe south to Solana Beach there are an additional, maybe, 48 inches.

This finger snap fix would make it safer, quieter, more attractive, improve property values, assist business and improve the quality of life in our coastal town for all.

Snap the Leucadia StreetScape complete, (in one phase), for the same reasons. And snap some tennis and basketball courts in the new Encinitas Community Park and trees in Leucadia Roadside Park — and make it not flood.

3. Who or what inspires you?

What: Kindness and selflessness. Who: I have had the pleasure to work with Father Joe Carroll and the Botti Studios to create a six-story exterior glass mosaic, downtown to honor those who have given of themselves for the betterment of others in the past and to inspire the continued rewarding gift of helping others.

I have seen so many avenues that have been created by Father Joe, his staff and the community to assist those in need of opportunity. There are thousands of untold success stories of lives improved because someone cared. That inspires me. Seeing someone devote their lives to help their fellow man inspires. Thank you, Father Joe.

4: If you hosted a dinner party for eight, who (living or deceased) would you invite?

First off, I’d want them all to be living for dinner. Ben Franklin, Leonardo da Vinci, Mark Twain, Jimmy Fallon, Barry and Michelle, Bill Shakespeare and my wife. If someone can’t make it, I’d sub Oscar Wilde.

If my wife can’t make it, sub Katharine Ross — and can we squeeze a couple chairs in for my folks?

5: What are your favorite movies?

I like all of the Coen brothers’ work, The Italian Job, Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid (had a huge crush on Etta Place/Katharine Ross). I like most all Newman and/or Redford flicks. And when it comes to mastery of fine filmmaking, direction, amazing special effects and poignant moral messages, that would be Monty Python and The Holy Grail.

6: What’s the most challenging aspect of what you do, and what’s the most rewarding?

I sell art and design and make picture frames. People bring in possessions that are important to them in varying degrees, and we endeavor to create framing design options that accent, enhance, protect and display whatever it might be, appropriately.

The process is often an educational experience. What people choose to frame can be very personal and what we create can be enjoyed for generations. We have over three decades of experience, a talented staff and the largest moulding selection in the county.

Even with these tools, making a client’s artwork, whether it is a masterpiece or a memory, look its very best is often challenging. Overcoming those challenges is personally rewarding and pleasing to our clients.

Additionally, in my world, it is rewarding assisting artists finding loving homes for their works of art that can then become part of people’s lives.

Art is one of the purest forms of communication, and is a gift that keeps on giving and can continue to communicate throughout time.

Support your local artists.

7: What do you do for fun?

I enjoy playing tennis, kayaking, snorkeling in Maui, gardening, photography and spending time with my wife. She’s fun. Although I have fun when I’m not doing that stuff, too.

8: What is it that you most dislike?

Mean people, injustice, bigotry and Brussels sprouts.

9: What do you hope to accomplish next?


10: What is your motto or philosophy of life?

“Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can” — Danny Kaye

10 Questions is an Encinitas Advocate feature spotlighting interesting people in the community.