- READER REVIEWS
Tue-Sat, 1pm-7pm; Sun, by appointment only; Mon, closed
Nearby Subway Stops
6 at Astor Pl.; L at First Ave.
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When animal-loving local artist Peter McCaffrey opened his East Village framing business in 1982, he was at a loss for a store mascot. Not having a pet of his own, he picked Pete, the dog from The Little Rascals with whom he shares a first name. McCaffrey has since been the proud owner of a succession of Jack Russells, but floppy-eared Pete still adorns his business cards and checks, and his spirit continues to be the guiding force behind McCaffrey’s art and enterprise. His tiny shop is hung with a constellation of framed photographs, sketches, and mixed-media canvases, some of them by McCaffrey himself, who is a by-commission pet portraitist as well as a professional artist; the rest are works by other local artists. Decorative objects like bird statuettes and brass table lamps are also scattered throughout the shop. But McCaffrey’s real bread and butter is his framing business, which he runs out of a cozy studio that makes up the back half of the store. Popular with local artists, McCaffrey carries several baskets of pre-fitted frames and cuts and fits custom frames, favoring weathered styles with some character.