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History

Smithtown Picture Frame opened its doors in 1989, in The Branch Shopping Center with the encouragement and support from a local Smithtown businessman.  He offered us a kiosk in the front of his store.

During it’s first year, Smithtown Picture Frame more than quadrupled its size and needed to rent warehouse/ shop space in the Colonial Center, located on Main Street. A storefront soon thereafter became available, on Bellemeade Ave., which connected to the warehouse/ shop space, and SPF moved its entire operation to that location just one year later.

Relocating to that new storefront had positive as well as negative aspects. The good being that SPF was no longer sharing a space, it now developed into a respectable business, and was housed in comfortable surroundings. The building had adequate parking, located in a freestanding historical building.

Relocates to a Historical Building

The building was one of the first Smithtown Post Offices at the turn of the century which was originally located on Main Street at the corner of Bellemeade Avenue (currently where Smithtown Picture Frame is located) but the structure was later moved down to its final resting spot on Bellemeade Ave., when the post office out grew the space.

It remained there until 2006 when the current owner demolished it. It still had the original hard wood floors, windows, moldings and several fireplaces.

Antiquity Education

The history behind our new location inspired our interest in antiquities, which lead to study painting restoration and gilding of antique picture frames with gold leaf. Our Italian heritage enabled us to consult and train with restoration and gilding specialists located in Venice, Italy.  We have been lucky to work with some of the world’s finest renowned Italian/European restoration masters.

Before too long we were doing many restorations such as: canvas cleaning, repair and gilding of gold leaf frames. on location, as well as working in house on valuable Hudson River School style paintings, and  20th Century Masters such as Picasso. South African oils have been valued at over $150,000 per piece and have been 100% restored by us.. Our extensive portfolio includes many frames and paintings auctioned off at Sotheby’s. We also employ full time historians who can research the unknown origin of  art for our clients.

Loss of Foot Traffic

In spite of all of the new divisions and directions SPF was enveloping, the new location had its share of negative aspects as well. We lost the foot traffic from a very popular store in a desired shopping center. Since there was a competitor just one block away and visible on the main street, we faced new challenges which required us to practice precision with every detail, with uncompromising customer service. We also became “the fine artists framer” servicing local artists, photographers, ad agencies, architects and ed interior designers. We stayed at the side street location for 14 years, solely surviving on customer recommendations, and word of mouth.

Our Final Relocation

The last relocation of SPF was in 2004, due to the progress and needs of the community, the new owners of the Colonial Center informed us of their proposed demolition of the historical building we inhabited. We had to move again! Amazingly enough, a building became available on the corner of Bellemeade Avenue and Main Street. Basically, it was a great move, up the block onto a prime street corner, in a highly visible location. The move was just at the end of our current parking lot.

We have since then embraced our new space and designed an attractive shop that has become an asset to our community. We have added a full scale American Arts and Crafts gallery.