Signature service: Custom picture framing
Reservations/Appointments: Not offered
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Brands Used: We custom make frames on the premises.
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Describe a time your services really changed a client's life for the better.
Clients have family heirlooms and memorabilia that mean the world to them. We preserve them and turn them into amazing art pieces for them to enjoy all the time.
Sometimes it's all about the little things in life. What supplemental courtesies do you include with your main services to leave clients with a smile on their face?
We try to exceed expectations by providing design options that give their artwork the wow factor when it is on the wall.
What aspect of your job, or the services you offer, most often surprises people?
The enormous range of possibilities that there are for a client to choose from. We help narrow down the options to make sure they are not overwhelmed.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
We can frame almost anything, from knives and guns and swords to kimonos and scarves and fans. [We also frame] sports and military memorabilia, as well as family portraits and works of art. We provide expert advice and guaranteed craftsmanship.
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