In 1975, Bill Petty recognized an opportunity on the South Shore of Massachusetts – to create a local, custom frame shop to serve the needs of the area’s artists and art lovers. That realization gave birth to Frame Center.
What began as an idea became a local framing provider working in a barn in Kingston, Massachusetts. That barn became the center of the Petty’s family life. Frames were crafted there. Kids were raised there. And memories were made there. The shop became as much of a home for the family as their actual home.
As with many family businesses, Bill, a single dad, would sometimes “punish” his boys and teach them responsibility by making them work in the shop. Whether the boys worked while suspended from school or to pay off debts Bill incurred on legal fees to get the boys out of trouble, Frame Center became just as much a family classroom as it was a frame shop.
Now grown and less of a troublemaker, Dave Petty carries on his father Bill’s original vision for Frame Center, a responsibility Dave takes seriously.