Pictures propped against walls, crammed in closets, or carried away by picture-thieving magpies can't be beheld. Today’s Groupon increases art visibility: for $30, you get $60 toward custom framing and gifts at Gallery Lafayette, located in Old Town Alexandria. This Groupon is not valid for 18-karat finished corner frames.
Gallery Lafayette offers customized-framing treatments and original prints, watercolors, and gifts. Using special conservation glass and acid-free mat boards, skilled frame-ologists protect prized photographs and collectibles from the damaging effects of light, humidity, acidity, and Father Time's righteous fists for unblemished wall hanging. The average custom-framing order is around $180—combine two Groupons and frame your favorite oversized obedience-school diploma or Ken Burns–autographed placemat. Inside the gallery, customers will find an assortment of gifts featuring pen-and-ink illustrations of classic Old Town landmarks such as Captain's Row and Gadsby's Tavern. Images are magically transferred onto tote bags ($30), tea towels ($15.95), and more. Snag a set of eight note cards ($12.95) to start a one-man letter-writing campaign to rename the Route 1 IHOP to the William Howard Taft Memorial House of Pancakes.
Gallery Lafayette is owned and operated by local artist Todd Healy, who spends his day drawing the illustrations featured on the shop's gift items, consulting on frame decisions, and keeping his ever-growing bowtie collection under control as it threatens to explode from his back office in a paisley-and-polka-dot avalanche.
320 King St.
Alexandria, Virginia 22314Get Directions