Updated: Sep 1
When choosing someone to frame your item(s) there are some things you need to keep in mind.
Your big box craft stores have used coupons and sales to draw you in. They have used marketing to create the perception of lower prices. Many people think they are less expensive or budget framers, but like everything, you get what you pay for. Much of the work is sold by employees where this is the first framing job they have had. They take your order and most if not all of the work is done off site at a warehouse and assembled (or fit) in the store. They have sales quotas to make and often are told to up sell you on multiple mats and glass. In many cases they frame samples are changed every 6 months. This means you won't be able to match the frame if you need to. Coupons are usually a gimmick and you are paying more than necessary.
A local framer is an experienced framer, having spent years perfecting their craft. In many cases they own the shop. Our frame samples are kept until the manufacture discontinues them and the owners knowledge of the products is often helpful in finding exactly what you need for design and budget. All of the work is done in house by hand - we consider this an art. Your art is carefully stored and handled. We want you to become part of our "family" and return each time you need something framed. This means we will work with you, your budge and taste. We want you to be happy and come back. We work to build trust and confidence with our customers. WE use high quality materials and NEVER cut corners. We don't offer sales or coupons because we keep our prices as low as possible, while making sure we can pay our bills and make a living.
When you choose to support a local frame shop, you are supporting your neighbors and community, not some large corporation. You are an important customer, not just another line on the profit sheet. We don't up sell, instead we provide the best advice and design based on years of experience and product knowledge.
Whenever you can please shop local, family owned businesses. We appreciate our customers and work hard to provide the best customer service. We strive to treat you the same way we would want to be treated.