February 23, 2019
We are happy to announce that Tim Smith, owner of Carter Ave. Frame Shop since 1985 (34 years!) will complete the sale of the store to his son Michael on March 2nd, 2019, their 60th and 30th birthdays respectively. Michael was born on Tim’s 30th birthday and started work at the shop on their birthday in 2016. On March 2nd, 2017, Michael became 25% owner. Tim plans to continue working at the shop as Michael’s employee.
In 1985, during Tim’s senior year at Luther Seminary, he purchased Carter Ave. Frame Shop with his boss Tom Lind of The Framing Place & Gallery. The original shop was 350 square feet in the basement off the parking lot of Milton Square. Tim bought out Tom in 1989 and moved the shop next to the Bibelot on Como Ave. Tim bought the building and moved the shop to its current location, 2186 Como Ave., in 1994.
Carter Ave. Frame Shop has grown over the years and has won several awards including “Best Frame Shop” by Minnesota Monthly.
Tim reports, “It has been great fun to work with Mike and to see him develop as a framer. He really knows and loves the business. I’m very proud of him, and I know the shop is in good hands.”
“I never imagined spending so much time with my dad, but we’ve gotten along great,” said Michael. “I can’t imagine a better way to have learned what I need to continue this business to the standard that Tim has set. I love working with customers and making their art look great with good design and framing. I’m hoping to continue my dad’s legacy at Carter Ave. Frame Shop.”
March 2nd will be a memorable day in the Smith family. A big birthday celebration is planned.