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Preserving Memories and Art at Hamden's FRAMED

By Marina Jokic

You can consult the specialists at the shop regarding the ideal molding, mats, glass, protective glazing and layout for your project. At Framed, you'll find hundreds of frame styles and colors to fit your palette. There is no shortage of meticulous attention to detail at every step of the process. The Framed team takes your artistic vision seriously, making sure that you are absolutely satisfied with the final product. Owner Liz Hellwig is eager to detail some of the special services and skills that set her shop apart.

If you are in a particular hurry, Hellwig points out, all of their framing is performed on site, and they keep select moldings in stock for quick turnaround times. Very frequently, the shop can accommodate next day orders, which makes it a popular choice for many repeat customers and sets it apart from its competitors.

Framed offers a wide range of acid and lignin-free mats and mounts, as well as several types of protective glazing. They also use a computerized mat cutter, which allows for more unique and precise matting. If you are hoping to preserve a three-dimensional piece, there are custom-built, archival shadow boxes- an ideal way to memorialize a school award, trophy, vacation mementos or family heirlooms. The scope of options is quite expansive.

For those of you not used to custom framing, it can really make a big difference in the way your artwork or photo is displayed. On a more pragmatic note, one can also choose to add conservation glass to their frame, which filters more than 97% of harmful UV rays and protects the artwork for years to come. If price is a concern, Framed offers very reasonable price points to their clients and throws in the actual frame for free in certain cases. Whether you are looking to frame something for yourself or to create a beautiful gift for a loved one, the shop can meet your needs. Memorabilia, artwork, mirrors, and needlework are just some of the items that the shop has worked on before.

"We work with each customer to find the best framing fit for their project," points out Hellwig. Framed never presses customers to spend more then they are comfortable with, or to commit to a certain purchase if they are not entirely certain they like it.

A good option for first time customers is the Adopt-A-Frame section where they can obtain a high quality used frame for free when they mat and glaze their project at the shop. Once you've picked your frame, the expert framers will help you choose a complementary colored mat, and the right glazing for your project. Finally, they'll put it all together for you, and throw in the frame for free, highlights Hellwig.

Preserving personal photographs, artworks, and other mementos is vital for many people. Hellwig's shop has been successful at really listening and understanding customers' needs, and that is what has made it successful.

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