In 1975, Bill Petty recognized an opportunity on the South Shore of Massachusetts – the opportunity to create a local, custom frame shop to service 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 barn in Kingston, Massachusetts. That barn became the center of the Petty’s family life. Frames were made 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 it was having them work while suspended from school or making them work off the debts spent by dad on legal fees for getting the boys out of trouble, Frame Center became a family classroom as much as it was a frame shop.


Now grown and less of a trouble-maker, Dave Petty carries on his father Bill’s original vision for Frame Center, a responsibility Dave doesn’t take lightly.

A time of growth

While Frame Center has grown over the years – from a small, local framer to a regionally recognized leader – the family’s commitment to personalized service, exceptional quality and competitive prices, continues today. That’s why the area’s most discerning artists, galleries, and art and photo lovers rely on Frame Center’s quality and service – even Steven Tyler, “Marvelous” Marvin Hagler, and a host of other celebrities have trusted their pieces to the experts at Frame Center.

We believe that customer relationships are at the heart of our success. Frame Center strives to make every custom framing project feel like a unique, exceptional experience with a “never-compromise-on-quality” attitude. Our relationships with our customers, our community, our vendors, and our team of framing experts are the backbone of what we do. Each of those relationships is pivotal to our business model and making Frame Center special.

Frame Center Hanover

If you’re in the Hanover area, stop by the shop, meet the team, and see how Bill truly created the Center of Framing Perfection.