People can shadow box a menagerie of things—not only sports team jerseys. This week, Dr. John Hanford, a local optometrist, brought in some vintage pairs of eyeglasses. These antique eyeglasses proved to be quite interesting, and most pairs date back to the 30s and 40s. Each eyeglass frame, assembled in real gold, had to be […]
Why do ready-to-hang frames from McMillen’s Custom Framing make the very best gifts? They’re thoughtful AND easy. And that’s the winning combination for a happy holiday! They’re one-of-a-kind. No chance cousin Fred will bring the same gift. They tell a story. Pictures and objects say a thousand words. They last generations. A cherished keepsake framed correctly […]
After 32 years on Front Street in Traverse City, McMillen’s Custom Framing has a found a new and permanent home downtown. This opportunity is the latest revolution in the ever-changing cycle of retail and service. Thanks to you, our true friends and customers, we’re getting a leg up to stay strong in the years to […]
Marshall Anderson was just an 8 year old kid from Ludington, Michigan. He was the big brother to his 5 year old little sister, Mary Alma. They played along the shores of Lake Michigan, and on special Sundays, their mother took them to go see Grandma Eunice over on Hamlin Lake. Marshall liked his grandmother. […]
I recently had a artist/customer come into my store with a copy of an article from Artist, an art-business magazine sold here in the US.  The author was Chris Paschke, a Certified Picture Framer who I had the pleasure of meeting a few years ago at the National Conference, held every January in Las […]
I actually think this by-line is pretty funny, and plan on using it in advertising.  Custom Framing: Boundary between Art and Reality.  The History of the Picture Frame was recently shared through a Framer’s Blog.  The Article talks about The Art of the Picture Frame on the web site of the National Gallery.  The most […]
Did you know that there is a secret society of talented Artists and individuals, here in Northern Michigan? Well, there is, and they are a great representation of the talent throughout our area. And on their facebook page, not only to they share their works, but locations where to purchase it, and classes and events […]
Many people say to me, “Hey Todd, how do we do a picture grouping on our walls?” And to that, I say, “A NAIL!” BUT, you would be surprised to learn that I have framed for many clients over the years, only to do a service call at their home, and learn not one picture […]
As the summer season of gift giving is upon us, so many things come into play: The perfect dress for the perfect wedding, the perfect menu for the family reunion, and decorating perfectly for a surprise party. Then comes the biggest challenge of them all: finding the perfect, personal gift. For some, the gift is […]
The Dennos Museum Center, in association with the International Museum Institute, Inc. & McMillen’s Custom Framing,  presents Tutankhamun “Wonderful Things from the Pharaoh’s Tomb” January 21- May 6, 2018. Members and Guests opening reception is Saturday January 20, 2018 at 6:30pm This exhibit, featuring artifacts reproduced by the artisans of the Pharaonic Village in Egypt […]