Much like a butterfly collection or a loose transdimensional tesseract, a family portrait is best kept secured behind a protective pane of glass. Entrap a memory with this Groupon.
$40 for $100 Worth of Custom Framing
Skilled artisans encircle diplomas, family photos, certificates, and small posters (prices averaging around $100 for smaller jobs).
An old motorcycle helmet, a vinyl Abba record, and a pair of scuffed children's baseball cleats are now mere symbols of their once-constant movement. Fortunately, gleaming glass and sturdy frames keep these mementos in suspended animation, thanks to the archival skills that prevail at Masterpiece Framing. Beyond its arsenal of classic and contemporary frames—some of which even grace the walls of the White House—the 2,200-square-foot remembrance mecca brings old photos back to life with restoration services and memorializes new images with digital enhancement, enlargement, and printing. Customers can gussy up bare walls with the art of Masterpiece Framing founder Matt Puchalski, who creates impressionistic depictions of the stately granite structures, glistening skyscraper lights, and active volcanoes along the iconic Chicago skyline.
Matt Puchalski set himself up early for a career in the arts, working as a framer at a nationally renowned studio in high school and enrolling at the American Academy of Art in Chicago. When his workplace unexpectedly went out of business, 20-year-old Matt shrewdly bought up the equipment and customer list, set himself up as the sole proprietor, and decamped to the safety of his parents' basement, where he balanced his coursework with the demands of a small-business owner. Matt's determination and hard work paid off, with streams of repeat customers and corporate clients paving the way for three subsequent business expansions and the company's current success.
A far cry from the shop's humble roots, the current studio shows off the talented staff's technical skill with projects such as a framed flat-screen television or 75-gallon aquarium. Technicians touch up and bring to life faded photographs with restoration projects, and the store's designers craft stunning framing compositions that decorate homes, corporate offices, and even the walls of the White House.
Now that he no longer has to juggle frame crafting and school with the rigors of owning his own business, Matt has time to return to his art, employing brilliant splashes of color to create impressionistic depictions of the stately granite structures, glistening skyscraper lights, and active volcanoes along the iconic Chicago skyline.