Do We Need Another Framing Store?

Frames, Frames, Frames!!!

Next time you walk down the street, I double dog dare you to count the number of “custom framing” stores that you see. As I picture my neighborhood streets in my head, I can count at least five framing shops within a one mile radius of my house. Is there really a big demand for framing? Are people buying rolled up oil paintings and then thinking, “Hmmmm. Now what? Oh! I need it framed!” These places normally charge an exorbitant amount of money for a simple frame, and it’s nearly impossible to get a snow white matte (they’re usually off white which is like fingernails on a chalkboard to me).

They’ve been working on a new place to replace the video store next to Rosebud Liquors on 17th street for a few months now. I noticed that they now have a sign up: Picasso Framing. Great! Another framing store within a stone’s throw from my house. I guess if you hit the 7 Eleven for a Slurpee, then Rosebud for some vodka, the only thing missing is a frame for that photo of yours. Of course if you walk two blocks south you could grab a bite to eat and then check out the other framing store.

What gives? Has anyone noticed this absurdity? Is there some sort of mafia connection here?

1 Comment so far

  1. EdTheRed (unregistered) on July 24th, 2007 @ 9:12 am

    Well, framing stores do tend to cluster in the same neighborhoods as galleries. Presumably the free market will do its thing, and if there are too many of them now, there won’t be for long…and if they can all stay in business, well, I’d say that says positive things about the state of our local art scene.

    Framesmith on Q at 14th has been there for years, and has done very, very good work for me. Haven’t tried the others.



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