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Get To Know Frame USA Employees– Favorite Hobby Friday

Get to know Frame USA Employees–Favorite Hobby Friday

The people who work for Frame USA aren’t just a bunch of drones. We want our customers to know us to be familiar with the people who day in and day out provide you with quality American made picture frames at affordable prices. We thought we would give you an inside look at what our employees do in their spare time. First up: Chas Hall, who is our Director of Sales and our newest employee!

I interviewed Chas about his favorite thing to do when he’s not at work here is that interview.

  

So Chas, what is it that you enjoy doing on your time off?

I participate in something called The Warhammer 40K/Fantasy, which involves collecting, building, painting, custom creating and gaming with plastic, metal, or resin miniatures.

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Impressive!  So when did you first start creating the pieces?

I began this hobby at the beginning of January in 2012

So you’ve been  doing this for almost 3 years now,  how did you get started?

A friend of mine was familiar with my interests for painting and building things. He was also aware of my competitive nature when it comes to playing chess and checkers and quickly realized I could apply each of my interests into one hobby, which I immediately developed a passion for.

That’s a pretty involved friend, How long did it take you to become a master at it?

Because there are so many challenging aspects and areas of the hobby it can be difficult to master all areas. However, if there is a specific aspect that I feel I’ve mastered it would be custom creating projects. For example, I would be taking a kit and fully converting the product in a unique way, which is opposite of what the manufacturer or instructions would suggest.

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You’re saying that you start majority of your pieces completely from scratch, that must take up a good chunk of your time, How many hours a week would you estimate you spend?

At least 45 minutes per day in a 7 day period.

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So that is roughly about 5.5 hours a week! What is your favorite part about it?

My favorite part about it is custom creating something or converting a product that is not a direct representation of what is included within the kit.

I can tell you’re really passionate about this hobby, with that being said, do you have a least favorite part about it?

The gaming aspect is my least favorite because there are so many rules, terms and Warhammer 40k/fantasy lingo to learn, which can dramatically slow down game play. There are also constant updates within game rules that may affect a player who is not completely familiar with his/her rulebook, which can also delay game time.

That would be difficult to stay up to date with, so what has been the most memorable experience with Warhammer 40k/Fantasy?

Without a doubt that would be winning painting and/or conversion contests in tournament entries!

If you’ve won tournament entries you must be pretty talented, what is your advice for people who may want to start participating in it?

Have patience and have fun! Don’t expect to become great at custom building, painting and/or gaming over night, it takes time. Encourage your friends to participate so that you can continue to learn and grow together!

So since you’ve been doing it for a couple of years now, what is one thing you have learned about yourself through mastering this?

One thing I have learned about myself is that even when it comes to having interest in a hobby, I have a pretty solid ability with attention to detail, specifically with painting schemes, instructions, etc!

Thanks so much Chas for taking the time to answer my questions!

Not only does this allow for our customers to get to know our employees but it allows for our employees to get to know their coworkers on a level that they may have not had the chance to.

If you have any additional questions regarding his Hobby, leave us comment  and we’ll get it answered for you!

 

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Stay tuned for the next Favorite Hobby Friday!

Frame USA’s November Charity of the Month: Freestore Foodbank

For those of you who don’t know, Frame USA is extremely dedicated to helping those in need. The Monthly Charitable Gift Program started many years back and ever since then we have supported local and national charities in a number of different outlets. We not only donate money, our time and other needed resources but we use our website and retail store as a way to  make these deserving charities known to the masses. Unlike other companies that choose a charity, not only does every single penny that is donated by our customers go to that respective charity, but we as a company use our success as a way to give back. For every purchase of picture frames made on our website, no matter if the customer themselves donates, we donate $0.75.  In our retail store, for every custom framing order we donate $1.00. In the month of September, we donated over $1,500 to our two charities of the month.

The Month of November has the lucky opportunity to be a month where people everywhere think about just how thankful they are for everything that they have been given. I’m sure that everyone can agree that there is nothing more wonderful than sitting down with your family and friends as you all fill yourselves full with a nice warm meal and feeling the warmth of their love. Some people aren’t this lucky, in fact, 1 in 6 neighbors in our Tri-State area of Cincinnati is at risk of hunger.  Of that number, nearly 100,000 are kids. This statistic shocked us and really solidified our decision for our November Charity of the Month. This November, for our charity we have chosen The Freestore Foodbank.

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The Freestore Foodbank was started in 1971 by a worker at Cincinnati’s incinerator named Frank Gerson. Gerson saw in his profession useable household items being tossed away. He began to collect those items and give them away to families in need. He was so passionate about this that he quit his job and opened for business in his apartment called the Free Store.  8 years later the Free Store became a founding member of Feeding America. It was around this time that the Free Store evolved into the Freestore Foodbank. Today, it is under the leadership of Kurt Reiber and it is one of Ohio’s largest food banks. Annually, this organization distributes 20 million meals through a network of about 260 community partner agencies serving 20 counties in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. The vision of The Freestore Foodbank is to be the leader of a community mobilized to end hunger and address its causes.

We ask that as you begin buying your holiday presents, and start thinking about how thankful you are for the people and things in your life that you consider being the reason someone else is thankful this holiday season. We’ve made it as simple as clicking a button (Here’s a little secret for you: that is in fact what you do to participate, you click a button to donate $1 as you are completing your order of picture frames online). 

For more information about this month’s Charity of the Month and the different programs they are involved in on top of their main mission, please visit their website at http://freestorefoodbank.org/.

 

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Frame USA Sponsors “Tee Off Against Breast Cancer”

Breast cancer affects 1 in 8 women during their lives — a frightening statistic, considering the cancer’s devastating effects. Whether women experience it directly or help their friends and family deal with the shock, organizations like the Bethesda Foundation are reaching out to help. That’s why we at Frame USA recently sponsored and attended the TPC River’s Bend Ladies’ Golf “Tee Off Against Breast Cancer” event.

The golfing event went to directly support the Mary Jo Cropper Family Center for Breast Cancer — a center that does far more than raise awareness. All donations go to assist in cancer research, direct medical care for affected patients and general support for those going through this life-altering disease.

It is because of these reasons that we were (and still are) proud to support the above foundations, and plan to do so whenever we can as a company. To learn more about the Mary Jo Cropper Center, click here.

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From their website:

As the Tri-State’s leading breast care facility, we provide compassionate and comprehensive services, including screening, diagnosis, research, and the most current treatment options for breast conditions in one, convenient location. Our facility stands out because:

  • We are the only local breast center accredited by the prestigious National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC).
  • SealOur team provides comprehensive services, including 3D digital tomosynthesis mammography, ultrasound, MRI, breast biopsies, and breast cancer rehabilitation.
  • We have an expert multidisciplinary team involved in breast care and disease treatment.
  • We offer convenient hours and facilities. Our Center provides on-site radiologists and surgeons. 
  • We offer Breast Health Navigators to educate you and coordinate care, ensuring that you have a supportive team of specially trained nurses to advocate on your behalf.
  • The Mary Jo Cropper Family Center for Breast Care actively participates in clinical research to ensure the most current treatment of breast disease. 
  • Our staff strives to allay patient fears by delivering compassionate care in a nurturing, comfortable environment.
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Labor Day 2014 Savings – 10% Off All Sites!

You work hard for the money, so take a break with 10% off site-wide!

This year for labor day, save money and enjoy your day off! Use coupon code labor10 at the checkout. You’ll save big money on FrameUSA.com, Posterservice.com, FrameCloseouts.com and MatDesigners.com all weekend long!

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Posterservice “Beer” Poster on A&E’s “Brandi and Jarrod: Married to the Job”!

We had the privelege to show off our very own “Beer” poster on A&E’s Brandi and Jarrod: Married to the Job!

For those who have never seen the show, the couple Brandi and Jarrod are originally from the show Storage Wars on A&E. This couple’s constant tension and interesting dynamic has created an interest in the couple’s day to day life, resulting in their own reality show called Brandi and Jarrod: Married to the Job. It was only several weeks ago that we received an email from the A&E studios asking if they could show our very own image on their next episode. We were more than happy to oblige!

Here is the image to look out for:

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If this item strikes your fancy after seeing the episode, you can purchase your very own poster here.

To see yesterday’s episode, click on the image below. You can see more on their website, too!

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Raving Fans and Customer Comments

We take customer feedback very seriously here at Frame USA, whether that involves us replacing a faulty order, thanking a customer for their kind words about our services, or… drawing unicorns on a box?

That’s right–one of our more eccentric customers frequently asks for any number of random drawings on their packages, and our team has really had fun with this in the past (we can recall doodles of a dancing penguin and a mummy/pirate duo playing jump-rope).

This time, we had our customer service representative (and talented illustrator) Kelley Kombrinck create the box art for our customer. Needless to say, they were very impressed!

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A more detailed view of the illustration. All because of a comment left in the “notes” section of our checkout process!

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This time, the customer asked for an elephant to be drawn on the box. Again, Kelley delivered…

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You can find our latest  customer comments here, which is updated every 2-3 months.

Custom Framing and Displays at Wholesale Prices

When you need a custom frame job, we take it seriously — down to the very last detail.

Our customers at City Gear have used our products for quite a few of their stores. The urban apparel store recently requested a large custom order for frames that would be able to “comfortably” fit some of their jerseys and t-shirt brands. You can also see our frames in use on the upper walls, which were poster frames also bought from us!

The recent custom order was particularly interesting, however. Our team was tasked with finding an affordable option to frame their items (in this case, our In-Depth series), add custom D-ring attachments and provide special instructions on how to build exactly what they wanted in their stores. The result was so great, they shared their experience (and photographs) with us.

 

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A full view that showcases both our products and theirs:

 

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Need a large-scale custom framing job? Contact us: [email protected]. We can offer advice, volume discounts and alternative hanging methods to suit just about any method of display you need!

 

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Digital Art Meets Digital Framing

In a recent New York Times piece, a new method of artistic gallery display was announced: a digital canvas.

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Not to be confused with the digital picture frame, a digital canvas seems to be the new way to display artwork for gallery presentation when displaying artwork created digitally. This also works very well for photography!

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Will it ever replace the picture frame in the world of art galleries? We say “of course not!” But it is certainly a great new way to show off your digital art, and could potentially pair beautifully with something like our Shadow Boxes or In-Depth frames. You can find out more on Electric Object’s website.

 

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Frame USA Retail Store’s Annual Tent Sale Returns!

Starting August 1st, tent sale shoppers can save 25%-50% off all picture frames and posters under the tent!

For Cincinnati locals, you’ll be happy to know that it’s that time again! Frame USA is having its annual tent sale. Our early August tent sale has always been about saving hundreds in art, wall decor and framing. Join us as our progressive approach to savings expands from 25%, 35% and all the way to 50% by Sunday!

Now, while we are also the type to hold off to get the best possible savings, waiting until Sunday does limit the number of frames available. At these prices, everyhing sells fast!

Here are some tips from us on how to get the most out of our great prices from the tent sale:

1. Stop by early, even if you don’t intend to buy.

An early start on Friday means there are more chances to find exactly what you’re looking for.

2. Know when to buy, and when to wait and save.

If you are looking for something common (like a brown 8×10 frame), you shouldn’t find too much issue finding what you need. If you’re looking for a specific type of frame, or to find an odd-sized custom frome that made it into closeouts, you may want to hurry by. We also have plenty of great posters to put in those frames as well.

3. Think ahead when attending the sale: birthdays, holidays, graduation, dorm rooms, etc.

Sales like this don’t happen very often, and even our employees are thrilled to stock up on items for their family and friend’s gifts. If you have any significant events in the upcoming year that need a frame, you can save some serious cash at our tent sale.

4. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.

Our staff is knowledgeable and ready to help answer any and all questions about art and framing. Stop by and join in on the fun!

 

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Frame USA
225 Northland Blvd.
Springdale, OH 45246
513-733-9800

Event begins Friday, August 1.

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Wholesale Plaque Services – Plaque Mounting for Cincinnati Sub-Zero

When it comes to Plaque Services in Cincinnati, OH, Frame USA Delivers.

A leading provider of temperature management equipment Cincinnati, Ohio recently came to Frame USA for a large plaque mounting job. This order highlighted the medical properties of the facility as well as the timeline of the company’s major events in science and expansion of their technology.

 

Plaque Mounting Above: Closeup of their “Celebrate Life” display — including some of the lives that Cincinnati Sub-Zero has touched in their medical facilities.

Below: Sideview of the “Celebrate Life” display. Plaque Services Cincinnati

Below: Timeline of Cincinnati Sub-Zero’s history

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As much as we love plaque mounting for large orders across the United States, there’s something to be said about working for businesses in your own back yard. (Okay, not literally, but you get the idea.) Whether you’re a business near or far, we’re always here to give you the best deals on plaqueing large-volume orders. Our customers range from large-scale artists and distributors to marketing companies and climate-focused scientific medical laboratories! (Try saying that five times, fast.) So whether you need 10, 100, 1,000 or 10,000 plaques (or somewhere in between,) fill out or custom quote form. We’ll respond in 8 business hours. Guaranteed!

You can also visit our store:

Frame USA
225 Northland Blvd.
Cincinnati, OH 45246
1.800.577.5920