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Make a Frame

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180 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11201 40.68995 -73.993473
nr. Clinton St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
718-875-6150 Send to Phone

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  • Price Range: ($$) Mid-Range
  • Type: Specialty Shop
  • Products & Services: Mirrors, Prints/Posters

Official Website


Tue and Thu-Sat, 10:30am-7pm; Wed, 10:30am-8pm; Sun, noon-5pm; Mon, closed

Nearby Subway Stops

F, G at Bergen St.; 2, 3, 4, 5 at Borough Hall

Payment Methods

MasterCard, Visa

Product Guide


  • Mirrors
  • Prints/Posters

Special Features

  • Framing
  • Bespoke


In 1978, banker Tom Shoemaker realized something: He didn’t much like banking. So with no formal training in either arts or construction, he turned to something he did likeŚbuilding art frames. More than 2,000 frame moldings line the walls of his shop, Make a Frame, in neat rows, while bottles of wood glue and pieces of cut wood lie between vises on the workshop counters. While the selection can be overwhelming, the hands-on staff seriously knows its stuff. Olivewood veneers have a cracked finished and rustic look; hardwood walnut creates a strong, modern style; and egg-and-dart (carved ovals and arrowheads) is an old-school favorite. Marquetry-inlaid sailboats and teddy bears play to the kiddies, while closed-corner frames (seamless construction, with hand-carved and hand-painted patterns) appeal to those wanting the cream of the crop. Overhead, dozens of framed mirrors show off large-scale frames, from green-bean-colored wood to ornate, gold-leaf Italian moldings. Employees design and build everything on-site, and the sounds of construction frequently bubble forth from the back. Each frame generally takes ten days to two weeks to complete.