FrameStore's craftsmen have created more than 250,000 custom frames in the store’s 35-year tenure, designing pieces that now adorn the walls of prestigious institutions such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Ritz-Carlton, and the Walt Disney Company. Professional designers guide FrameStore’s clients through the 2,200 moulding options that can accent paintings and treasured items while adding style and elegance to rooms. The store’s craftsmen then fashion pieces to patron specifications, outfitting frames with classic or museum-quality glass that blocks UV rays from bleaching out images or censoring pictures of the moon. Every piece goes through a 16-point inspection before it is given to patrons, and the team averages a seven-day turnaround on all of its projects.
Racks of frames in a rainbow of woods, colors, and finishes hang from the walls of Frame 2000 and Frames Galore, ready to be custom-fitted to clients’ treasured images. With skills honed during more than 20 years in business, staffers can shield eclectic items, such as needlework, canvases, art prints, and mirrors, behind glittering glass. Specialized printing equipment can also produce full-size posters, transfer images to canvas, or accentuate a favorite alien-autopsy photo with Andy Warhol–esque pop-art effects.
Second Street Framing armors keepsakes against wear and tear with more than 3,000 durable frames. A computerized mat-cutting process ensures a clean, tight fit that does not cling or sag like nylon parachute pants or needy great-aunt Mildreds. Custom framing varies by size and choice of materials; however, at Second Street Framing, picture pamperers can tuck an art print into a conservation-grade mat and a 19"x19" black wood frame for $98. Frame a diploma in black wood (around $100) to hang behind desks and remind clients that you graduated from middle school.
At Frame & Art Dept., the Trejo family shares its creative flair by assisting customers with services that include custom framing, digital printing, and reproduction. In the industry since 1984, the Trejo’s help customers preserve art, photos, and memorabilia by placing treasured memories inside of customized frames, built on site. Not afraid to take on unconventional requests, the team has even framed computer screens as well as flat-screen TVs for customers that believe in the artistic merit of the national broadcast signal. To see some of the Trejo family’s finest works, check out their shop’s online gallery.