Best Picture Framer, August 2013
For half the price and twice the wait, there's Framing House Design in Chinatown. The wholesaler offers many of the frames found elsewhere, at a fraction of the cost (poster-size basic matting averages $60 to $75). Should your print require an artist's eye and a craftsman's touch, however, head to Ballard's Artwork Framing in Echo Park. In addition to standard frames, Ballard's also carries less conventional options: steampunk gears or skulls carved into wood, porcelain glazes, and rare oval and cathedral styles. To make the most of your piece, owner Aaron Ballard will suggest alternatives (floating, shadowboxing, hand-cut mat designs) you hadn't thought of.