Finding a Good Frame Shop in Washington is Like Finding a Good Politician…

…both are there, you just need to look harder to find them!

There is some truth to this analogy.  Born, raised and living my life in the Washington, D.C. area, I have seen many changes.  In addition to traffic becoming a nightmare, I have seen businesses (like politicians) come and go.

Unfortunately, I have seen some longstanding art galleries and frame shops close after many years in business.  These were businesses that catered old line Washingtonian.  An example, Mickelsons (NOT Michaels).  Samuel Mickelson started the business in 1915 as an antiques shop and expanded it into an art gallery and picture framing business.  He catered to the Washington elite with their art needs.  His clients included Presidents, World Leaders and other prominent figures in the Washington scene.

The business was taken over by Bill Parker from the family in 1999.  Sadly, Mr. Parker passed away from health complications in 2006, and, thus, Mickelson’s closed their doors.  Since I started my business in 1989, I have seen framing establishments come and go.  Some this is also due to the fluctuations in the economy.  After all, framing is still a luxury, not a necessity.

Don’t get me wrong, there are still a few good frame shops still to be found, but the prices some charge can unsettle someone.  A good established frame shop should provide personal service, guarantee their quality and provide fair prices.  Treat others as you want to be treated.

Yes, Washington frame shops are like politicians.  You may not get what you asked for.  By then, it may be too late!

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