Fast Frame originated in Europe and now has more than 300 locations worldwide. With the understanding that people are prone to changing their minds, the teams at these 300 Fast Frame stores back up all their custom-framing projects with a 30-day design guarantee, giving patrons a month to decide if they want to swap their memorabilia for one of more than 2,000 other frame styles, paying the price difference if applicable. For each project, a team with more than 60 years of combined experience performs the work onsite, generally completing designs in less than a week and sometimes on the same day. In addition to photos and diplomas, customers can commission shadowboxes or framing of bulkier items, such as jerseys or baby’s first rap sheet. For all finished projects, Fast Frame secures its craftsmanship with a lifetime warranty.
Experienced framers Barry Stahl and Bob Clayton built Big Picture Framing from scratch in 2000, holding meetings around an old card table as construction roared around them. Today, framers at 15 area locations craft custom frames to display artwork, photographs, and record sleeves, and shadow boxes protect three-dimensional items such as ballet slippers, macaroni art, or a swarm of wasps. Patrons can dictate all design choices, choosing from metal and wooden frames in a multitude of colors and styles, or ask for recommendations from one of Big Picture Framing's resident experts. Big Picture Framing also stocks pre-framed art, prints, and posters to spruce up bare-walled homes or a drab doghouse.
After devoting years to protecting precious pictures and keepsakes from environmental harm, the Middlesex Framing crew has amassed an inventory of highly protective materials. Acid-free matting keeps photographs and certificates from deteriorating over time, UV-protection glass guards against sunlight’s discoloring rays, and museum glass deters bandits who somehow made it across the living room’s laser alarm grid. Partnering with Larson-Juhl, the crew is able to access more than 1,500 molding samples and matting combinations—ensuring that each piece is both protected and enhanced by its border.
At Framers Edge, a staff of artists and skilled craftspeople preserves anything from precious family portraits to sports memorabilia to the wettest of oil paintings. They first conduct a complimentary consultation, advising clients on the best border for their belongings and detailing the step-by-step process. Once a method is agreed upon, they get to work: blocking and stretching needlepoint pieces, adding beveled accents to finished artwork, and mounting 3-D objects such as baseball jerseys and a baby’s first clump of shower hair. They use the best equipment in the industry and materials from high-quality suppliers, including Bainbridge mats and Bella and Studio moulding.
Country Marketplace’s carpentry connoisseurs revive cheery images of classic designs with contemporary handcrafted solid-wood furniture and accessories. Homeowners can hang their hats on a solid-cherry coat tree or dress it as a friend to make parties seem well attended ($99). Race around the office atop the heavy-duty casters of a carved-oak pressback desk chair ($199), or set to work at an antique oak roll-top desk equipped with a pencil tray and an organizer ($449). Young furniture users can dine in an oak Windsor highchair ($149) or chomp bubble pipes and whittle new pacifiers in a Victorian child's rocker ($99).
Before looking through the camera lens, the expert photographers at Picture People spend time getting to know their subjects and establishing a strategy for conveying their personalities in print. Then, film-ready clients pose in the bright camera room, airing teeth amid colorful backdrops and creative props. Following snapshots, subjects make their way to the selection station to choose their favorite poses from their session, which may be treated with sepia tones, color accents, and decorative borders to suit any wall, wallet, wallpaper pattern, or trophy walleye.
Picture People offers a variety of creative tips to help enhance mantel-dominating final results. The studio ensures satisfaction with a 100% guarantee on finished products.