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C, E at 23rd St.
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When Chelsea Frames advertises their work as "museum-quality," it's more than just a sales pitch: The Guggenheim, MoMA, and Whitney, to name just a few, have all paid for their framing services. (Fashion-forward celebs, including Annie Leibovitz and Tom Ford, and movie productions like Spiderman and The Firm share space on the shop's star-studded client list.) That said, most customers at this Chelsea stalwart are everyday walk-ins, looking for custom frame solutions, home installation, and consultation, as well as restoration of oil, canvas, paper and photography. If none of the 5,000 in-house corner samples fit your taste, catalog orders offer a world of color and texture possibilities. Downstairs, the regularly-changing works showcased tempt new patrons and give long-time customers a reason to return.