Frame Depot was started in 1986 by Randy Bogart as a companion to his brother’s business, Art Depot. The Bogart Brothers always said, the best way to keep peace in the family was to keep the businesses separate, so that’s what they did.
Our original location was in a metal building painted with red, white and blue stripes on the corner of 25 Road and River Road. That lot is now under the Riverside Parkway overpass. Jack and Randy had a lot of fun times at Art and Frame Depot. One of the employees remembers a favorite game among the staff was trying to guess what time the Amtrak train would go by every day since they were across the street from the train tracks. Another challenge was trying to keep all the pictures on the wall straight being that close to the train!
In 1996 the store was on the move again to our current location on Bogart Lane. We frequently get asked how it became Bogart Lane. Since we were the first businesses on the street and we had to build it as part of the development our family had the pleasure of choosing the name. At the time we had three different Bogart’s with businesses on the street so it seemed only natural to call it Bogart Lane.
In 2009 we were excited to be chosen as the “Best Backroom in America” according to Decor Magazine. Randy always said, “A clean shop, is a happy shop,” and he’s right. We have an interesting system that works great to get products out the door as fast as possible and we were excited to be recognized for system and share it with others in our industry.
The year 2011 brought our 25th Anniversary as Frame Depot, however in October of 2011, our owner Randy passed away from complications of interstitial lung disease. His daughter, Claudine has been running the business since 2000 so there was a smooth, although sad transition. Randy is definitely missed by all of the customers he made into friends over the last 25 years.
In 2016, employee Jan Falter was selected as one of 6 semi-finalists in a nation wide competition for Tru-Vue Glass called “Frameable Moments.” Her framed piece featured the moment a new family was given their key to their Habitat House. Her piece was one of three selected for the finals and while she did not win, we are very proud of her and her piece is quite amazing. It is hanging in the gallery area of the store.
One of our specialties that has helped us survive the last 31 years is great framing faster. Claudine is a certified picture framer, and along with 4 other qualified staff we offer a wide variety of problem solving skills that can help you with all your framing or picture hanging issues. We look forward to the next 25 years.