Our Staff

Michael Smith

Michael grew up around Carter Ave. Frame Shop (his father Tim was the previous owner) and always assumed he would work at the frame shop someday.  He loves to work with his hands and has a great eye for color and design.


Mike attended the University of Minnesota Duluth where he studied criminology.  He worked briefly as a probation officer and then in various roles supporting individuals with disabilities.  In 2016, Mike decided to fulfill his destiny and came to Carter Ave. Frame Shop to work as a full-time employee.  The following year he bought into the business, partnering with his father, Tim.  In 2019, Mike completed the purchase of Carter Ave. Frame Shop to become the sole owner.

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 and his wife (Rachael) live in Saint Anthony Park with their daughter (Josephine) and dogs (Bailey and Penny).

Caleb Henkelman

Caleb got started with us at the end of July 2020. He has a bachelor’s degree in Integrated Studio Arts from Iowa State University. His primary mediums are traditional printmaking and acrylic painting. You can view his work on his website – www.calebhenkelman-art.com. As an artist, Caleb described himself as “always being framing adjacent and very excited to learn the ins and outs of the framing industry”. Caleb has an excellent eye for design and is very detail-oriented.

Outside of work and art, Caleb lives with his fiance in Uptown. He also is very fond of music, playing both guitar and drums. Caleb also considers himself a coffee connoisseur. Having previously worked as a barista for multiple years, he has a fine appreciation for the perfectly brewed beverage.

Kristen Holmberg

Kristen received her BA in Art History from Augsburg University. With experience from a few gallery spaces, she has enjoyed working hands-on with art and collaborating with other art lovers.  She joined Carter Avenue Frame Shop in March of 2021.  Framing has always been a field she wanted to directly explore and she’s excited to work at such a great shop with such a knowledgeable staff. She also loves learning about artists, techniques, and peoples’ latest passions.

Kristen lives in Powderhorn Park with her partner and two Norwegian Forest cats. She won’t turn down a conversation about plants, yoga, or brass instruments. 

Kristen is eager to meet both you and your artwork soon!