With 300 independently owned locations in the United States and around the world, FastFrame brings the advantages of a large international company to each intimate franchise location. Storeowners take advantage of thorough trainings to stay up-to-date on the latest custom-framing technology, but have the freedom to personalize their customers’ experiences. At the Carlsbad show room, trained design consultants advise customers on the mats, frames, and glass or acrylic glazing that best meet their needs, whether they are looking for a basic poster frame, an elaborate 3-D shadow box, high-tech preservation framing, or a lone, empty frame to express their existential ennui. FastFrame offers a lifetime guarantee on craftsmanship and a 30-day guarantee on design, and will recraft or redesign any piece for any reason within 30 days of a sale.
The Art of Framing's skilled craftspeople protect and prolong the life of treasured paintings, photographs, and three-dimensional artifacts by encasing them behind thousands of frame designs. Outside of their standard framing services, technicians also stretch mats and fabrics; heat-mount delicate documents; and mend scratched, chipped, and shrink-rayed framework. More than merely preserving personal collections of photos and posters, The Art of Framing promotes the area's thriving art community, hosting a show once a year as well as selling local artists' work in the gift shop.
The craftspeople at Art & Framing by Munro Gallery draw on more than 45 years of experience as they frame cherished items and curate fine arts and crafts. With skillful hands, they swaddle artwork, diplomas, memorabilia, and photos using elements plucked from an arsenal of more than 2,500 mouldings and 1,000 mat samples. When they aren't adorning pictures with princely garb, they stock their shelves with paintings, sculptures, and jewelry that give residences and outfits more personality than Elton John’s herd of peacocks.
Aztec Graphics has adorned keepsakes and decorated bare walls with stylish prints for more than a quarter of a century. Preserve cherished memories behind the glass of a ready-made frame, in sizes ranging from 4"x6" to 30"x40" and styles from ornamental to classic black ($5–$38). Bring in a favorite football jersey, an artistic tapestry, or a pillow with a particularly expressive drool mark and let the expert framers guide you through a myriad of custom framing options, including hundreds of moulding, mat, and glass varieties ($29.95+). Those with empty walls and no memories prior to two seconds ago can search through an array of posters to find an image to claim as their past ($5+). More than 4,000 images of tropical beaches, musicians, movies, and art reproductions will provide ample inspiration for decoration schemes, and a smattering of work from local artists will provoke thoughtful conversations between your walls and your load-bearing maypole.
Ray Street Custom Framing owner Michelle Robinson stuffs her store with one-of-a-kind picture holders. Cosset a canvas in Peruvian-leather or hand-forged metal mouldings ($40–$100/foot), or opt for a basic black-wood frame ($10/foot) to shelter a particularly eye-catching parking ticket. Prices vary, but $100 can usually get a basic 11”x14” frame with a single mat and glass, a 16”x20” frame with glass but no mat, or an imaginary frame with a zillion invisible mats. A trained artist herself, Robinson hosts a stop on the Ray at Night Art Walk on the second Saturday of every month, showcasing work by local artists that she has custom-framed.