Tag: McMillen’s Custom Framing

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 […]
feature image - The staff at McMillen's
Much to their credit, many downtown Traverse City businesses are applauded for their polite, friendly, personal service. In truth, numerous shop owners become so familiar with clients that they know them by name and even consider them friends. One such location is McMillen’s Custom Framing, where owner Todd McMillen’s creative expertise, personal service, and playful […]
The Framer’s Next Question: WHAT are you talking about? WE CAN DO IT! I’ve blogged about some pretty crazy things: People coming into the framer, wanting no frame; my famous Black is NOT a Frame: IT is a LINE, and the ever-popular “My first show is at the coffee house.” But I had something recently […]
“Excuse me?! Picture Framer? Can you sell me NOTHING for around my picture?” It’s been happening a lot lately. Someone comes into my store – it’s busy, full of ideas and examples, people picking up; and someone says “Hi. I want to frame this picture, but I really don’t want a frame around it”. Let’s […]
From 1960, Northwestern Michigan College has been a source of Inuit art in northern Michigan. It all started with a donation to the college, and this librarian named Bernie Rink who bought a couple pieces…and the portfolio grew. (Bernie has since retired, and has his own vineyard.) With the opening of the Dennos Museum Center, […]
Once again, McMillen’s Custom Framing is excited to bring you its featured artist for the spring, 2014 Art Walk Season. Photographer Tracy Ross will be sharing his latest portfolio of Intimate Landscapes on Friday, May 2, 2014, from 5pm to 9pm, at our store.  The show is definitely one that will make you stop and […]
I have been around as long as roaches.  Not really, but I have been in business for 27 years, and I still ask myself, “Why am I still here?”  I know I still enjoy what I do, and the occupation seems to keep re-inventing itself.  I find I do things, now, that I did all […]
Talk to anyone, and they will tell you that one of the many things Traverse City is known for is the historic Park Place Hotel. Located in the heart of Downtown Traverse City, the hotel has been in existence since 1873, and has endured numerous changes. But this crown jewel still continues to attract many […]