Our Staff

Our staff is what separates us from other frame shops in the Twin Cities! All of our designers/framers have many years of design and framing experience! You won’t get this kind of design help and quality craftsmanship just anywhere!

Tim Smith

Our staff - Pam , Amanda, and TimAt Carter Ave. Frame Shop Tim Smith holds the distinction of being the only Master of Divinity on staff. While studying at seminary, Tim worked part-time at a frame shop to help make ends meet. Impressed by his work, his employer asked him if he would be interested in purchasing Carter Ave. Frame Shop with him. During his final year at seminary, Tim became the co-owner of Carter Ave. Frame Shop back in its tiny, original location off the parking lot of Milton Square. Eventually Tim bought out his partner and became the sole owner. Tim became one of the first Certified Picture Framers in Minnesota way back in 1986.

Tim has been playing electric bass in a neighborhood band.  He enjoys listening to records in his music room.  He remains involved with his church, St. Michael’s, where he plays his guitar for worship services. He and his wife Karen enjoy cooking, entertaining, traveling, and gardening. They live in a 1916 bungalow in St. Anthony Park and are busy sharing it with friends and keeping the garden beautiful.  Tim is a proud father with two adult sons, Andy and Michael.   Tim has  taken to riding his road bike often with the neighborhood guys.  He recently bought a small cabin near Cumberland, Wisconsin, as a family retreat.  As Tim often says, “It’s on a lake named after me – Big Dummy Lake.”


Michael Smith

Michael Smith

Michael grew up around Carter Ave. Frame Shop and always assumed he would work at the frame shop some day.  He loves to work with his hands and has a great eye for color and design.

He attended the University of Minnesota Duluth where he studied criminology.  He has worked for Hammer, an organization that provides housing and services to the developmentally disabled, as a social worker/case manager.  Mike continues to work part-time at Hammer.

Besides coaching a traveling 8th grade boys basketball team, Mike enjoys playing basketball and volleyball, both pickup and in leagues.  He loves to travel, especially hiking, backpacking, and snowboarding in the mountains of Montana and Colorado.  Mike recently moved to the hopping Grand Avenue area of St. Paul and is taking advantage of the great bars and restaurants in that area.

When asked about working at Carter Ave. Frame Shop, Mike said, “It is a great place to work.  I love to see the great pieces of art and to hear the interesting stories behind the art that people bring in.”