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The Art I Hang at Home: Taylor Harris

blog Hi, my name is Taylor, customer Service Representative for Frame USA. I by no means am an artistic person, but I do appreciate art that carries meaning. When I hear from a customer who is looking to frame a diploma, wedding portrait, first day of school picture or any other special occasion I put myself in their shoes. There is no better feeling than finally choosing a frame for that piece that means so much to you and hanging it in your home.

My husband and I purchased our first home almost a year ago. The first blog1 piece of art we purchased was actually from a family member. My uncle Marvin Espy is an artist, designer and photographer who now resides in Charlotte, North Carolina. He sketched an image we sent him of our twin boys and produced an AMAZING piece of art. I couldn’t wait to frame it. I chose the Corporate Wide Grey Barnwood picture frame. Looks pretty amazing wouldn’t you say?

Next I wanted to find frames for our kids’ newborn pictures. We had guests at our baby shower sign the mat around our twin’s pictures welcoming them as soon as they got home. Unfortunately the frame was broken during the move. The Corporate Wide frame we used for the sketch looked so good we decided to get two more!

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I would be remiss if I didn’t talk about the art in my husband’s man cave. He is a boxing fan so I thought why not get him “The Greatest” Muhammad Ali poster from Posterservice with Frame USA’s Architect blog4 Walnut picture frame. It was a hit!

The picture frame is just as important as the piece of art. The choice of frame can make or break its’ presentation so make sure the frame you choose compliments your art piece and is of made of quality materials. I certainly feel I made great framing choices.

Fill the Truck Charity Initiative 2015 is a SUCCESS!!

Fill The Truck 2015
Fill The Truck 2015

**PRESS RELEASE**

December 23, 2015

Springdale, Ohio – The sixth annual #FillTheTruck for Charity, serving six charities in the Cincinnati Metropolitan area, concluded today collecting 44,818 items.   The item count was up 60% from total collections of 28,008 items in 2015 and completely filled two 53 foot semi-trucks.

13,792 items will be delivered to the Healing Center today as part of the 2016 Fill the Truck initiative.  The remaining 31,026 items will be delivered to five other charities (that are closed this week) next week.   The items collected include Personal Care Items, Hygiene Kits, Winter Clothing, Food and New Home Products.

Snapshot of items collected to date.

Trucks Filled:                        Two Complete Semi-Trucks

Total Items Collected:           44,818

Total Skids:                            57 Skids

 

CEO Dan Regenold said about this year’s initiative, “I am truly amazed to see the number of people coming forward and getting involved with this charity.   From Day 1 we could barely keep up with the contributions that help people in the area that are struggling.   Our building was literally filled up with donations.   Thank You to the wonderful people of Cincinnati who helped make this happen.”

Charities Served
http://fillthetruck.org/charities.html

  • The Healing Center
  • Valley Interfaith Food and Clothing Center
  • Churches Active in Northside (CAIN)
  • Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky
  • NorthEast Emergency Distribution Services (NEEDS)
  • Loveland Interfaith Effort (LIFE)

 

About #FillTheTruck
http://www.FillTheTruck.org

 

#FillTheTruck is a charity and initiative of Frame USA and is classified as a 501c3 organization dedicated to serving our neighbors in need during the holiday season.  This is our sixth year of operation and we are proud of partnering with six service organizations to provide personal care, hygiene items, clothes and much more. .  Families will begin receiving your donations the week of Christmas.  The organization, labor, trucks, and transportation have been provided in-kind in order to assure 100% of donations go to the charities.

The 2016 corporate sponsors are:  Frame USA, Akers Packaging Service, AMP Frame Joining Technology of North America, AtoZ Discount Printing, Boy Scouts of America Troup 417 Glendale, Cincinnati Fit Body Boot Camp, Framerica, Heyman Talent, iHeart Media, J. Ackerman Personal Training, Krieg Offset Incorporated, Planes Moving and Storage, Plante Moran, Princeton City Schools, QC Software, Reiser and Company CPAs, SRO Prints, The North Carolina Moulding Company, Village of Evendale, VonLehman CPA and Advisor Firm, and Wyoming City Schools.    Sponsors are listed at:  http://fillthetruck.org/index.htm

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Nostalgia Trip: Superfriends Poster

“Meanwhile…back at the Hall of Justice…”

Does that phrase cause chills of excitement for the adventure that’s about to happen? Then you were probably a kid in the 70’s or 80’s sitting cross-legged, eating cereal and because it was Saturday morning and you were watching the Superfriends.

Superfriends Poster
Superfriends Poster

Actually, it could have been Saturday morning or any afternoon during the week depending on what year it was. Hanna-Barbera’s Superfriends ran, in one form or another, under various titles from 1973-1986. New episodes aired on Saturdays but reruns were on all week long during “cartoon time” (the time after school, before the news came on–duh). The show featured DC characters from the Justice League of America comic books–Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman and Robin, Aquaman, Green Lantern, the Flash, and Hawkman. It also featured some characters created specifically for the show, Zan and Jayna (the wonder twins) and their space monkey Gleek, as well as the well-intentioned but racially dubious Black Vulcan, Samurai, Apache Chief and El Dorado. They all came together to battle aliens, monsters, mad scientists and most importantly–The Legion of Doom. The Legion of Doom were the arch nemeses of the Superfriends made up of classic DC villains like Lex Luthor, the Scarecrow, the Riddler, Brainiac, etc. Their base was a cool flying dome shaped like Darth Vader’s helmet that rose out of a spooky swamp. No matter how powerful or bad the Legion was, however, the Superfriends always managed to prevail. Usually do to some deus ex Machina solution that came out of nowhere near the end of the episode. It was colorful, bright, silly and full of the best sound effects ever.

That’s why we here at Frame USA and Posterservice are very excited to be getting in a new 22×34 Superfriends poster featuring the heroes outside of the iconic Hall of Justice (which coincidentally was designed based off of the Union Terminal building which is here in Cincinnati). This will be a great addition to any of you nostalgia nerds, cartoon lovers or DC completist’s collections. Perfect to put in a picture frame and hang in your office with all of your other movie posters and framed art.

And what kind of picture frame or poster frame would complement your Superfriends Poster? On Frameusa.com we have just about any frame you could think of to house your poster. There are a couple in particular though that might suit it best.

Deluxe Poster Frame Silver
Deluxe Poster Frame Silver

If you’re thinking cheap picture frames (financially speaking) that are still sturdy and look good, your best option might be our Deluxe Poster Frames. They come in black, gold and silver, and for your Superfriends poster, I’d suggest silver to give it that sci-fi feel.

Maybe you want a more substantial frame to hang your poster in though, there are some good metal picture frames and wood picture frames that we offer that would show off your Superfriends art nicely.

Our Metal I series comes in a number of simple colors (red, white, blue, gold and silver) and has a shiny

Metal I Blue
Metal I Blue

finish. The red and blue especially would set off the poster seeing as how many of the characters costumes contain those colors.

Colori Medium Yellow
Colori Medium Yellow

For a great wood picture frame option, our Colori Medium comes in a number of bright, solid colors (red, blue, orange, yellow green) that, again, go with the childlike, cartoony feel of the poster. I would still probably go with a red frame or a blue frame although a yellow Colori frame would also make the Superfriends poster pop.

Whatever you decide, if you want to recapture a little of that innocence of your lost youth, or you’re introducing your kids (or even grandkids!) to the Superfriends, picking up a poster from Posterservice and putting it in a nice picture frame from Frame USA is a great way to do it. It will make you feel like a hero.

 

 

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Charity of the Month: Fill the Truck

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If you’ve ever moved from one house or apartment to another, you know that you can fill a small U-Haul box truck with a lot of boxes. Now imagine that instead of a box truck you’ve got a 54 foot semi trailer. How many boxes of stuff do you think you could get into that thing? In 2010 the CEO of Frame USA, Dan Regenold wondered the same thing. How many boxes filled with food, household items, personal hygiene products and the like could he get onto one of those trailers  to be given to local families in need. This question led to Frame USA’sFill The Truck” initiative and a holiday tradition was born.

There are many families who are struggling in all of our communities. Things happen–life happens. Sometimes you get knocked down and it’s hard to get back up and back to normal. While you’re trying there are still needs to be met. The Fill The Truck initiative gathers donations from both corporate sponsors and individual donors to benefit local charities who keep people’s immediate needs fulfilled while also helping them find their footing again. This year’s charities are:

The Healing Center

Valley Interfaith

CAIN

The Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky

NEEDS

The Loveland Inter Faith Effort

 

blogFill The Truck Photo 2015 Many of these charities do more than just distribute goods, they assist people with putting together budgets, finding jobs, getting other services and benefits that will help them find self-sufficiency again. What they give people lasts more than a can of green beans, it can last a lifetime. However, the green beans are needed too, because you have to eat while you’re learning how to do well at job interviews and so do your kids. Fill the Truck strives to make sure these charities have what they need to achieve their goals.

Please visit Fillthetruck.org and find out how you can help.

 

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Charity of the Month: Freestore Foodbank

Hunger. It’s something we’re all familiar with; something we’ve all felt. If you go too long throughout the day without eating it makes you start to feel bad, even sick. It’s nice to be able to just run somewhere to get a quick bite, or to grab a snack out of the fridge or pantry and make that go away. Unfortunately, some people–many people–in this country can’t do that. Their hunger can go on and on because they’re unable to get food form themselves or worse, for their families. The reasons are varied and irrelevant. No one should have to go without food. In 1971, a Cincinnati man named Frank Gerson thought that same thing and began keeping food and household items he saw being discarded at his work to give to disadvantaged families. This act of kindness grew into one of the largest foodbanks in the state of Ohio. This is Frame USA‘s Charity of the Month:

The Freestore Foodbank of Cincinnati.

The Freestore Foodbank of Cincinnati

The Freestore is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization that collects food and household goods that most of us take for granted, and distribute them throughout 20 counties across Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky. They purchase, solicit and collect food donations and provide 20 million meals a year. They work with 250 different community partner agencies to make this happen. They are a member of the Feeding America network of food banks and rescue programs and their mission is simple:

“We provide food and services, create stability, and further self-reliance for people in crisis.”

One of their core values is a commitment to the idea that “we will not accept hunger.” And they don’t. They have a “Customer Connection Center” in downtown Cincinnati where people in need can go to receive help. And not just with food–they provide clothing assistance, help with money management, bus tokens, housing and rent assistance and a homeless outreach program. In addition to this they seek out families in crisis who aren’t close enough to come to the Connection Center but still need their help. In addition to this they have other food related programs to help stamp out hunger:

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The Giving Fields
Rosenthal Fresh Food Initiative
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Kids Cafe

Please go to their website freestorefoodbank.org to learn more about how you can help, not just in Cincinnati, but in your own hometown. Also, if you’d like to donate you can click on the “donate” button on your checkout screen to send a donation to the Freestore (we also donate $0.75 of every frame order to our Charity of the Month).

With Thanksgiving coming up, eating will be on most of our minds. Let’s try to get everyone fed, not just for this month, but every month.

 

Beth Kuhnell

What I frame in my Home: Beth Kuhnell Posterservice Licensing

I think it’s a fair question to ask what an employee of a great frame and poster company would choose to hang on the walls of their own home, I mean we are the experts, right? (Fun fact: We are!) Of course, what attracted me to this company in the first place was my love for art, so of course I also enjoy decorating my own apartment. I would like to share what I’ve chosen to frame on my own walls, whether it came from Frame USA and Posterservice, (which have obviously been great enablers in terms of what I choose hang up), photos of my own, or even my own artwork.

It’s tough to choose the favorite thing I have up, but ultimately I would have to pick my wedding photos, (Okay, so maybe it’s not that tough) which I had framed at our retail store earlier this year. They came out amazing and I get compliments on these all the time.

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My Wedding Photos

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Above our fireplace (slash beer shrine) I have a copy of a Cincinnati skyline print that we gave away to customers and employees here at Frame USA to celebrate our retail store grand re-opening back in 2013. Besides being a stunning shot of my home city, this image is also pretty special to me personally, as I was the one

Over the Mantle
Over the Mantle

who communicated with the artist Keith Allen to get him on board from the project. Below the mantle you’ll also notice the license plate from my last car, which sadly was totaled last year (RIP Car), luckily I came out of that fine, but decided to keep a little memento, because why not?

Speaking of beer… here is the arrangement we have behind our couch in the living room. (Noticing a theme?). My husband and I really love the craft beer theme, and even homebrew our own beer.

Beer Posters
Beer Posters

I also don’t mind framing some of my own artwork, including one of my pieces from my senior thesis project

at UC – DAAP. This piece, “Fibers” is illustrated on stained wood!

Cyberpunk
Cyberpunk

Another drawing of mine is hanging in our computer room, and sports a wicked awesome wood picture frame courtesy of the Frame USA custom framing team.

This isn’t technically on a wall, but on the door to our bedroom. I cut this Legend of Zelda logo out of contact paper and placed it on the door. I really enjoy creating unique wall art like this.

Legend of Zelda
Legend of Zelda

The next one I guess you could call a combination of my own artwork, and a Frame USA/Posterservice project. I designed this ‘Shots!’ poster for the Posterservice line in 2014, since then it has taken off and can even be found in Spencer Gifts stores throughout the nation! So naturally I had to have a copy of my own.

Shots
Shots

While that is not everything I have on my walls, those are for sure some of my favorites! (And some of them would not be there had I not started my career at this company.) I think the

Fibers
Fibers

best rule to follow when choosing what to put on your walls is, have FUN!

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The Big Frame Machine

Summer time in the good ole’ USA means baseball is in full swing. And we here at Frame USA are fortunate to work in one

Travone Hall  Customer Service Supervisor
Travone Hall
Customer Service Supervisor

of the greatest baseball cities in America: Cincinnati, Ohio, the home of the Cincinnati Reds. If you’re a baseball fan, you know that the Cincinnati Reds had one of the greatest dynasties in all of sports, The Big Red Machine. In the 1970’s baseball greats such as Pete Rose, Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan, and Tony Perez (among others) came together to win five National League pennants, and two World Series titles! Wow, what an accomplishment! But I’m sure you’re asking, what does any of this have to do with picture frames?

Well, we have an equally great team in place here at Frame USA. Just call us The Big Frame Machine. Only instead of winning pennants and World Series titles, we’re working hard every day to create raving fans. Any customer who logs onto the FrameUSA.com site to purchase any of our American-made products can be sure that a lot of time and care will go into each order; you’re going to have a team full of Peter Rose’s and Joe Morgan’s in our warehouse cutting and assembling your frames, making sure each one is a winner for you. And if you’re not sure what you’re looking for, or can’t decide between one of our awesome wood or metal frames? Don’t worry, just give us a call and your own personal Johnny Bench or Tony Perez (including yours truly) will be ready and willing to get you from first to home safely. We’re always happy to interact with our fans; you’re the reason we get out of bed each morning!

At Frame USA we understand how important the photos and memories you’re looking to preserve are to you. So whether you’re purchasing a poster frame for your kid’s college dorm, buying a wooden frame for your recent family photo, or ordering a set of metal frames to decorate your new office, you can be sure that whatever you order will be a home run. Now go hop on the website and knock one out of the park. Happy shopping!

Travone Hall

Frame USA Customer Service Supervisor

Doctor Who

The Doctor & His Box Soars to New Heights in The U.S.A

Move over Clara, The Doctor has a new companion and they’re the millions of fans in the United States of America.

The tale of a humanoid alien and his adventures through time and space started back in 1963 as a British science-fiction television program on BBC called Doctor Who. 52 years and 12 doctors later Doctor who is a rising trend all across the world. Whovians (fans of Doctor Who) span all ages, and all generations. The original program that started it all featured 26 seasons of ‘on the edge of your seat’ entertainment before it was canceled in 1989. This show was unique, it was created to be educational; to teach children about history and science. 16 years after the original program was canceled, in 2005, something that all fans wish when their obsession goes off the air, Doctor Who was relaunched by Russell T Davies.

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This classic television show started in the UK but has taken over American’s hearts with the reboot. In the 10 years that the new Doctor Who has been in production there has been a huge wave of merchandise for Whovians to obsess over. Action figures, posters, Apparel, toys, home decor, Doctor Who has it all thanks to companies out there, such as LEGO, that saw the trend and never stop running with it. LEGO has created Doctor Who Sets, and just recently a video game where The twelfth Doctor joins Batman, Gandalf and WyldStyle in battle to save the world. The announce of this new game came right at the same time the season 9 trailer was released. The very first second that the trailer was released it went viral. The news of the video game released is currently trending on social media. All of it got us thinking that we had to way in on this cult show.

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When people who have never seen the show encounter a Whovian, it can be a bit overwhelming. There is a lot of shouting and hand gestures and talk of stone angels who steal your soul and of course a madman in a blue box. However when those non-believers become a Whovian they understand just how impossible it is to describe this cult television show to someone they once were. I know because I was a non-believer for a long long time and I looked to my Whovian friends with a side eye every time they talked about it, but now i’m the one going to conventions and freaking out over new seasons. So trust me (and the millions of other people who call themselves Whovians), If you’re looking for a new show to start up: Choose Doctor Who.

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Pie A Manager in The Face for Charity

Last week we introduced the charity for the month of July and mentioned that we had an internal event planned to help raise even more money for this great organization. The charity that we chose is a unique concept that we felt deserved a little extra. During the month of July we will be donating $0.75 for every purchase of picture frames made on our website to a program that feeds hungry children during the summer months. These children are those that would ordinarily receive reduced lunches at school.

There comes a time in an employees career where you just wish you could talk back to your boss without getting fired; well our employees got the chance last week to let out all their anger and help feed kids in the process.

Pie Charity

We gave our employees 3 chances to pie the manager of their choice in the face by giving them three ways to enter the drawing. They could donate $1 for 1 Ticket, $5 for 6 Tickets or bring in 1 Jar of Peanut Butter for 3 Tickets… and boy did our employees deliver! We gave our employees a little over a week to purchase the tickets and when it came time for the managers to get creamed we had raised $114 and received 19 jars of peanut butter to be donated to the program created by Valley Interfaith. Since the opportunity to pie your manager only comes around once in a blue moon we wanted everyone to live through our lucky employees who had their tickets chosen; One of which was a bonus, because what would a pie your manager in the face charity event be if it didn’t involve the CEO of the company! As you look at these photos consider donating $1 the next time you order one of our high quality picture frames. All charitable donations made go 100% to Valley Interfaith’s Newest program.

 

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How Frame USA Employees Celebrate Fourth of July

In case you didn’t know, we’re pretty big fans of America. We’re an American made company that manufacturers high quality picture frames. All of our picture frames are manufactured in Cincinnati, Ohio. Birthday celebrations are something that almost everyone enjoys but when it comes to the birth of this great Nation, the celebrations across the country get pretty crazy: parades, cookouts and even fireworks! So we wanted to let our customers know what our employees are doing to celebrate today for the Fourth of July.

Frame USA Employees Celebrate Fourth of July

we’ll end up grilling out and watching Independence Day for maybe the 100th time. Oh, and strawberry rhubarb cobbler will definitely be had by all.” – Erin Corley

“I’ve got tickets to see one of my all-time favorite guitar players and guitar great Steven Stills in Alexandria,,Virginia at a cool venue called the Birchmere.   Stills is part of the group Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young and he is incredible also as a stand alone artist.    He was also in a group called Buffalo Springfield which sang a well-known song “Stop, Hey What’s That Sound….”   He will be playing a retrospective concert of his career.   I plan to go with former Posterservice and Frame USA President Dana Gore!” – Daniel Regenold

“Typically the Kombrinck family packs up our folding chairs and finds a fireworks festival at any one of our local parks. We camp out around dusk eating funnel cakes and people-watching till the show starts. Then we sit back and watch the sky explode with color.” -Kelley Kombrinck

“we have family come to us. We have the best seats for the fourth, right in our back yard.  You see my neighbors (2) put on a fireworks display that most city or towns can’t compare too. Goes on for 2 hours. But the best part is I get to see my sister-in-law, and nephew.” – Jill Gugel 

“I’ll be taking my family up to the in-laws’ house Saturday morning for blueberry scones and a parade – both annual traditions in the family. That evening, if we’re lucky with the weather, trees in our line of sight, and with my daughter’s ability to stay awake that far past her bedtime, we’ll be able to see a fireworks display from our house.” – Zach Moning

“We like to sit out at the lake and watch fireworks going off all around us.” – Anne Decker

“For me, I just love relaxing with family and friends” -Kelly Ackerman

“Family BBQ! My Uncle is from Texas and makes the best brisket I can find anywhere around!” -Mark Jungkunz

“This year my husband and I will have a BBQ in our backyard, then head to Red White & Blue Ash to watch fireworks with our twins.” -Taylor Harris

“Grill out with family in Blue Ash and then the Fireworks in blue ash and showing art on fountain square a part of Art on Vine series  the next day” -David Estep

“We go  to Brookville  In to our cabin and have our own fireworks display.” -Cathy Chapman

 

As you can see our employees celebrate the Fourth of July in a wide variety of ways. However you celebrate the Fourth of July always remember what the holiday is really about and remember Be Safe!!