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Framing can get rather expensive, but on the other hand, often you get what you pay for. Anyone have recommendations about a reasonably priced, quality framing shop in the Berkeley area ? Greg
Can anyone recommend a good framing shop? I have collected some very old pictures of my family. I would like to get them framed to put up along my staircase. However, I would also like to find some way to identify who these people are without having to take down the picture and read on the back of it who they are. Has anyone ever had this done? Thanks for any help on this. mwg
Would anybody recommend good but reasonable custom framing shops, please? Thanks. Simona
More expensive is Jim Storey who does beautiful work. His shop is ''Storey Framing'' on Hopkins a block east of Monterey Market.
They have both framed many prints for me and always have good suggestions. Laura
From: Eric Here's a frame shop recommendation in North Berkeley: We had a couple of good experiences with the place on Solano Avenue (north side of the street, on the first or second block west of Colusa). They did a beautiful job with some needlepoint and helped us out with suggestions for hanging a picture. My guess is that other places might be cheaper, however. You may be able to get them to match another shop's lower price (the proprietor was fair and quite helpful). ----------------- From: Gail We really like Bosco on College near the intersection of Claremont Avenue. The stop is a family run business and they do really great wrok. While it is not as cheap as the frame-it-yourself shop a few doors down, the workmanship cannot be beat! ------------------- From: Mary I've heard that Sticks gallery on Solano Ave in Albany/Berkeley does good work; used to be called the Weir gallery. We had framing done at Dow and Frosini on Claremont, which was good, but expensive. ------------------- From: Rose I would like to recommend that you take your frameable items to The Glenn on Stockton in El Cerrito... it is across from the 7-11. The owner's name is Kathleen Glenn and she does great work. Her shop is full of examples of the different kinds of things she has done. She has a great eye and is happy to help you out for as long as it takes to pick your frames and mats. Her prices are as good or better than you would get at those framing places in the mall, and she brings so much experience to the job that it is worth every penny. ------------------- From: Wendy The best and the cheapest that I have found is Kitty at De Novo Design in Berkeley near 4th St. Her phone number is 528-8488. Photographer Nan Phelps uses Kitty for all her framing. She is a lovely person to do business with. ------------------- From: Leah Sorry to be late on this. Storey Framing on Hopkins (by McGee, just east of Monterey) does ultra-fine work, though of course they are not cheap. Take your very best things there. Nice folks too, with excellent ideas. (We rec'd a gift certificate for a wedding gift - quite a few years ago now. It's the only reason we have anything framed at all!) -------------------- From: Natasha We have all of our framing done by Barbara Anderson Framing, down on 5th Street at Bancroft. Phone is 848-3822. They are absolutely the best - museum quality work. Of course it's not cheap, but if you have artwork you care about, this is the place to go. My husband became convinced that our then four year old daughter's paintings were every bit as good as many abstract pieces in museums, so he gave her some watercolors and some high quality paper from Amsterdam Art, and took the results to Barbara Anderson to frame. It's hanging in his office, and it looks pretty fabulous. As for posters and such, years ago Reprint Mint on Telegraph did an adequate job, but don't know how they are now. ---------------------- From: Linda I have all of my framing done at Raymond's, 3914 MacArthur, Oakland. They are a fraction of the cost anywhere else.
Framing family photosMay 2003
Looking for a reasonably priced framing store in Oakland or Berkeley that does high quality work framing for family photos. I've seen the previous posts which seem outdated and higher priced suggestions.
------------- I'm a local professional photographer, and there are a couple of places I recommend my clients use for the images I create of their children and families. The first one is Babara Anderson Framing on Fifth St.(near Bancroft) in Berkeley. Barbara is a true artist when it comes to framing, they have excellent options...but it is more expensive.
When clients are looking to save some money, I recommend a shop in Oakland called Raymonds. It's on MacArthur Blvd. south of Park a few blocks (531-3277). The do good work for fair prices. Not the highest quality frames and not a lot of options, but better than off-the-shelf frames.
Remember to ask for UV protected glass, because you can diminish the life of photos significantly without it.
Hope this helps. Jonathan Payne www.photopayne.com
Check out Raymond's on MacArthur near High Street. (It's on the east side of the street.) They are reasonably priced and do good work. Julie
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