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!

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.  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 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 recently got married to a wonderful woman (Rachael) and they continue to live in their St. Anthony Park home with their dog, Bailey.

When asked about working at Carter Ave. Frame Shop, Mike said, “It is a great place to work.  Seeing all of the wonderful pieces of art people bring in is so fun, but I also get to share in people’s passions and memories.  It brings a lot of excitment and happiness to the store.”

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 in 1985. 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 and his wife Karen enjoy cooking, entertaining, traveling, and gardening. They recently sold their house and moved into an apartment three blocks from the store.  Tim is a proud father with two adult sons, Andy and Michael.   He loves spending time with his grandson Caleb.  Tim has  taken to riding his road bike often with the neighborhood guys.  He loves hanging out at his cabin and walking around his eight acres of woods near Cumberland, Wisconsin.  As Tim often says, “It’s on a lake named after me – Big Dummy Lake.”

Chelsea Sagers

We welcome Chelsea, a talented artist and designer, to our staff.  Chelsea grew up in the country near Maquoketa, Iowa, working at her father’s custom woodworking and antique restoration business.  She earned a BA in Studio Art at the University of Wisconson, Milwaukee, concentrating in painting and drawing.  She has worked in volunteer recruitment, the service industry, and in event planning.  She recently moved to the Twin Cities from Milwaukee, and is having fun exploring her new home.

Chelsea lives with her partner Mark, a rock star who was a member of the Milwaukee band GGOOLLDD.  Chelsea and Mark are in love with their new dog Winston.

Chelsea likes to paint, cook, go on nature walks, and sew.  She is excited about working at Carter Ave. Frame Shop so she can use some of her art skills.  She loves working with her hands, learning new skills, and hearing the stories behind the things people bring in to frame.