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Bull City Art & Frame Company

5

905 W Main St
Durham, NC 27701
Phone: (919) 680-4278
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Photo of Dylan Eiger Dylan Eiger
May 3, 2019 5

I visited Bull city art and frame company about a month ago to get a certificate framed, I also had a more unusual project. I wanted to get a shadowbox made for some Band-Aids, as odd as that sounds. The staff were extremely helpful and knowledgeable about all things frames. Although their prices are a bit high, their quality meets or exceeds what you pay for. They clearly put a lot of time and effort into what they do. I could not be happier with the product. Highly highly recommend.

Photo of Jennifer Santer Jennifer Santer
Apr 12, 2019 5

My partner and I recently bought a fantastic Aboriginal painting on our recent trip to Australia. It was the first big thing we bought together in our relatively new relationship, and, because it was so big (7 ft x 7 ft), we jokingly said we'd have to buy a house to go with it! In fact, we did, three months ago in Durham, and the first thing we did was look around for a professional framer to entrust our 'baby' to. Based on the reviews, we selected Bull City Art & Frame, and we are so glad that we did. After an initial email communication, we took our painting in, and from the moment we walked through the door the entire staff converged to make space for our painting and give it all the attention it deserved. We were impressed with their professionalism and very happy about the friendliness and customer service all through the process. Bull City also lined us up with some experienced picture hangers, who transported our treasure back to our house and hung it with meticulous care. It looks fantastic!! My partner will be bringing some more paintings from his next trip to Oz, and we already know where we'll be bringing them for framing!

Photo of Sarah Hill Sarah Hill
May 3, 2019 5

I recently gave a painting you framed for me many years ago to someone as a gift. She liked the painting but seemed to like the frame even more! You did do a great job on it as you did on all of my work. I'm amazed at the impact a great frame has. Thanks for everything, see you in the neighborhood!

Photo of Katie Williams Katie Williams
Apr 8, 2019 5

I have had five pieces framed here and wouldn't go anywhere else. They are always extremely professional and personable and I would trust them with even my most cherished pieces. I never write reviews, but this one is worth it. You can stop looking for a high quality, local framing business because this one is phenomenal.

Photo of Rob Hallford Rob Hallford
Dec 28, 2018 5

Over the years, I've probably had 10 or so pieces framed here, and they have done an exceptional job every time. What sets this place apart in my mind is the time they take and the enthusiasm they have around getting everything right for whatever I'm framing. Every person I've worked with there has such a great eye for presentation, I relax and let them put everything together knowing it's going to look great. Oh, and it's an amazingly friendly and warm place--there should be a sixth star on Google reserved for places like this.

Photo of Margaret Gustafson Margaret Gustafson
Nov 12, 2019 5

Everyone at Bull City Art & Frame was incredibly helpful and friendly. They spent a good chunk of time and care working with me on a framing plan for a family heirloom, they did an meticulous and expert job framing the piece, and the final result is absolutely lovely. Their materials and service are of the highest quality. I will definitely bring future framing projects here, and I would most certainly recommend them to my friends.

Photo of Peter Williams Peter Williams
Sep 22, 2019 5

I've been frequenting Bull City Art & Frame for the past 7 years, and taken in numerous pieces large and small. The staff is incredibly friendly and they have excellent attention to detail. I've taken in some expensive pieces and they've always handled them with care and ensured that they're using archival techniques to preserve the framed art as best as possible. I highly recommend them!

Photo of Jayme Dyer Jayme Dyer
Nov 10, 2019 5

Very high quality work with attention to detail. Perfect for treasured pieces. Pricey, but the quality and service stands up to the price.

Photo of Emily Eisenlohr Emily Eisenlohr
Dec 5, 2019 5

They worked with me on three quality prints, each with different issues. Excellent guidance on both technical and aesthetic angles. Love the results. Will use them for any subsequent work. Highly recommend.

Photo of Laura Schonwalder Laura Schonwalder
Nov 23, 2019 5

This has been our go to place for framing in over a decade. Their quality and service is second to none! Thank you Tiff and Lew for the care and attention to give to every piece and every customer!

Photo of Deshelia Watson Deshelia Watson
Sep 27, 2019 5

Bull City Art & Frame Company is absolutely amazing! My daughter and I visited BCA&FC a couple of months ago to see what options were available to frame a large project (very large project poster) from my daughter's internship. BCA&FC reviewed and offered several framing options and recommendations - they are very attention to detail oriented and their technical knowledge about framing along with great customer service helped ease our decision. The finished frame is beautiful, and professionally made. If you have any framing projects, from simple to the most complex, I would highly recommend Bull City Art & Frame Company!

Photo of Rob Schade Rob Schade
Dec 17, 2019 5

I highly recommend Bull City Art & Frame. I had a very challenging art project for Bull City. These people are extremely talented and persistent. They took a very long mural (10 ft by 3 ft) and stretched it out along a stretcher frame. They also figured out a good method for hanging the art in our home and included the hanging architecture with their work. If you have a piece of art work you cherish, don't take it to a big box framer - go to a professional. Bull City people are professionals. They went the extra mile for me and we appreciate their help.

Photo of Maria Evans Maria Evans
Dec 14, 2019 5

Stunning! Absolutely over the moon with the black and white photo family collage they recently produced for us! They were painstaking in their attention to detail, excellent advice on the layout and so knowledgeable on what would be the most effective way to recreate a stunning piece of our family history - it is now hanging in our new apartment and it has already received so many compliments - so grateful, thank you. In addition they framed a very simple limited addition piece which now takes pride of place in our study, and again good advice to show it off to its best potential. Would highly recommend this very professional company. Maria & Paul

Photo of Rebecca P Rebecca P
Dec 7, 2019 5

We had two pieces framed here and could not be happier with how they turned out. They were extremely patient with us and spent considerable time with us picking out mattes and frames to complement the art. Their expertise was invaluable, and their customer service can't be beat. The finished product was better than imagined, and I can't recommend them enough!

Photo of Brooke McCormick Brooke McCormick
Jan 15, 2020 5

Had a very important family heirloom that needed framing. Asked my friends where to take it. Everyone unanimously answered Bull City Art and Framing. This place is fantastic. Friendly team of employees with a family feel. Beautiful art work from local artists to every frame you can think of. They took very good care of my heirloom and I couldn’t be happier with the outcome of the final product. I will continue taking my art and anything else that needs framing to there store. Thank you Lewis and the team at Bull City Art and Frame company.

Photo of William Weir William Weir
Feb 23, 2020 5

Don’t have a lot of experience framing, but they were very helpful selecting the color and style to best suit the pieces I had brought in. Walked me through both practical considerations as well as asthetic choices to select the frame style. Reasonable turn around time (

Photo of Mary Yglesias Mary Yglesias
Mar 19, 2020 5

OMG this place is awesome! I have an antique mirror that my cat knocked over and broke not only the mirror, but the frame also! I thought this expensive, cherished mirror was done. I took it here and they fixed it beautifully and they did not gouge me with the price! I love this place and recommend it to anyone! a 5+ Star place! Thank you, thank you guys!!

Photo of Keison Wrenn Keison Wrenn
Mar 15, 2020 5

Bull City Art and Frame Company has the best frame selection that I've seen, hands down. Their staff is so knowledgeable and friendly. All of their art is from local artists. I wouldn't take my framing anywhere else. Five star service for sure!!!!

Photo of Rod M. Rod M.
May 8, 2020 5

I can’t speak highly enough about their work! I’ve gone here several times and a review is long overdue. Beyond happy with the quality of the framing for these two quality pieces.

Photo of kurt mattocks kurt mattocks
Aug 9, 2020 5

I had some memories with my two kids from Disney world framed. They put together a collection of photos for each kid and it was beyond belief. Craftsmanship and artistery came together to create a masterpieces. I will always go to bull city for all of my framing needs.

Photo of Candace Reese Walters Candace Reese Walters
Sep 9, 2020 5

The staff has taken extra precautions during the pandemic to make sure customers feel safe. I was already impressed by their customer service efforts, and now that I've received my first piece, I will definitely recommend their work to colleagues & friends. Support small businesses!

Photo of Pamela Peck Pamela Peck
Jan 4, 2020 5

After recently moving to Chapel Hill, my husband found this place on line, having several framing needs. We had 1 large print, 2 antique signed prints, a signed print that was broken in shipment, and a small poster that required a mat. The large print had a frame that required rebuilding and a mat that needed replacing, the 2 antique prints needed new frames, glass and mats. These pieces were very important to us and were treated with the greatest of care. We can't be happier with the results. I recommend this company to anyone that has something special that they want preserved for eternity. Thank you BCAF.

Photo of James Walley James Walley
Jun 17, 2020 5

I recently moved to the area and was looking for somewhere to frame a few custom pieces I had recently acquired. I live in Raleigh, but must say, that the drive to this shop was well worth it as they exceeded all of my expectations! The price I paid for everything was well worth the service and attention to detail that I received. Their design staff was very knowledgeable and the quality of the work is probably the best I have ever seen. On top of that, they had taken every precaution to ensure my safety while I was in their space. Providing masks and gloves at the front door (for the off chance that either myself or another patron was going without.) Overall, I was thoroughly impressed, and I can’t wait till I’ll be able to work with them again!

Photo of Josh Marowitz Josh Marowitz
Jul 27, 2020 5

Bull City Art & Frame Company recently framed two pieces for the house my wife and I recently moved into. We were impressed from beginning to end, top to bottom, with every stage of our working with them. In the age of covid-19, we were impressed by the safety precautions they were taking to protect their staff and their customers; they kept their door locked and asked everyone they allowed inside to sanitize their hands and offered gloves to shop with. Their floors were clearly marked in the frame consultation area to allow the recommended six feet between the frame consultant and the customers. Even after this pandemic is over, I will respect the care they put in to doing their best to keep people safe. And even despite the pandemic, I still felt that our frame consultant gave us a level of patience, respect, and attention that I have not experienced at other framing venues. We had a piece and a color palette at home that made framing difficult; everything he showed us clashed or blended TOO well with the piece, or else it would have clashed or blended TOO well with our walls. Our framer worked tirelessly, as though he were thinking about his own framing job that he would have to live with for years after the framing, as though he took our piece and our colors as a personal challenge that he wanted to rise to. He was no mere employee doing the job required of him; he was an artist committed to working through all possible solutions for the good of the finished, framed piece. He never betrayed even a hint of frustration with all the reasons we gave to feel unsure about all the options he'd presented us with, and I promise you he had ever reason to be frustrated by us! We did not make things easy! The turn-around time was just shy of a month for our two pieces, and it was worth all the time it took, I thought. Our pieces were fit for a gallery. When I picked them up, the consultant who helped us make our framing choices carefully unwrapped our packages to show me the finished product to ensure it met our expectations, and carefully re-packaged them. Then one of the owners even helped me carry the two pieces to my car in the parking lot. In fact, when I asked the owner if he had any recommendations for a good local florist so I could buy some flowers for my wife, he said he had just seen the florist near the shop, and he texted her and invited her into the shop to take my flower order. I thought that level of customer service — coordinating on behalf with another local business owner to meet up with a customer in his shop — went above and beyond what a business owner really ought to be responsible for when he has his own duties and chores ahead of him. I was so impressed — I keep saying so — that he went out of his way to help me (and to help a neighboring local business) make that connection. The framing job was expensive, but as other reviewers have noted, the expense is worth it. You truly get what you pay for in the quality of the framing job, their quality guarantee, and the best customer service I've had in as long a time as I can remember. When my wife and I need our next piece of art framed, we're definitely going back to Bull City Art & Frame Company, and if any of our friends need framing done, we'll send them there, too.

Photo of Michael Ortiz Michael Ortiz
Sep 12, 2020 5

My Wife and Daughter created a piece of art together that will become a family heirloom. The team at Bull City Art and Frame took that piece of art and gave it museum like presentation. My family will enjoy this piece for generations to come. They took the time sift through a plethora of sample to help us pick the perfect frame for our piece. They even created a template to make hanging the piece a breeze. I definitely recommend BCAF.

Photo of Mark Terry Mark Terry
Dec 3, 2020 5

The level of service, expertise, and quality you receive here is above and beyond any expectations. From an initial consultation to the unveil of a piece, the professionalism and care is apparent. I would recommend them for any framing needs, inside the box or out.

Photo of Amelia MN Amelia MN
Dec 6, 2020 5

We had our wedding certificate framed by Bull City A&F and it was a great experience from beginning to end. They worked with us on the design, clearly communicated timing, and showed us how to hang the piece with a template with nail holes. Highly recommend! - Amelia and Jorge

Photo of S R S R
Aug 22, 2020 5

The team at Bull City keeps me coming back year after year for all of my framing needs. They do an impeccable job from the moment you arrive in the store, so can leave your piece feeling confident that it will look as good or better as they laid it out in front of you during the mockup. Their completed work will impress even the most discerning critic; their craftsmanship is unmatched and the finest details are finished with perfection. From custom shadow boxes to small prints, they have helped decorate our home with their gorgeous work. I will never go anywhere else, even if it means flying across the world to get them the piece...literally. Spend a little extra and get a lot more, you won’t regret it.

Photo of Ricky Campbell Ricky Campbell
Aug 18, 2020 5

Bull City Art & Frame Company is outstanding business that can meet all your art and framing needs. The attention to detail and customer service exceeded my expectations. The selection of art and framing options amazed my wife and I during our recent visit to the BCAF art gallery. Lewis, Tiffany and their staff did an outstanding job framing my Real Estate License and college diploma. The high quality framing, french lines and museum glass they used provided a next level piece of artwork which I can't stop staring at and admiring. We can't wait for BCAF to design and frame our recent family photos!

Photo of Callie Henson Callie Henson
Nov 5, 2020 5

I had a difficult piece of art (a Chinese paper cutting piece) I was looking to get framed. Honestly, I first went the cheap route and went to a chain store (what I have typically done in the past.. won’t be doing that anymore) – and they immediately were like – ‘WOA, NO WE CANNOT DO THIS, WE WON’T TOUCH THIS.’ I was discouraged, but did some Googling, and came across Bull City Art & Frame Company. And boy am I glad I did… The experience of bringing in my art was great: they really took the time with me to figure out the best approach for my piece. I was really impressed with all of the options, and I was SO impressed with their knowledge. They REALLY know what they are doing. (and weren’t afraid of my difficult custom framing ask!!) Sure, it was a bit more expensive than what I’m use to paying for custom framing (again, I’ve made the mistake of cheap custom framing in the past..) – but I could tell right away it was going to be worth it. Today I picked up my finished piece. It looks just spectacular. I could not be more happy with how it turned out. They really explained to me all of the features included in the custom framing, how to hang it in the best way – I SO appreciated the time they took with me today to make sure I felt 100% confident in taking my piece home and displaying it. And probably even more importantly, the team at Bull City Art & Frame was just lovely – such warm, good people that you can immediately tell really care about what they do, this business and at the end of the day, your art. I will most definitely be back the next time I need anything framed – no more ‘cheap chain store’ custom framing route for me, ever. Seriously, if you are looking to get something framed, I couldn’t recommend the team at Bull City Art & Frame Company more. Go check them out!

Photo of Payton Kendsersky Payton Kendsersky
Oct 31, 2020 5

I had a fantastic experience with BCAF. I brought in an over large print (68” x 44”) and they were just as excited as I was about the project. We talked through what I had in mind and they nailed it with the first few options they brought out. We wound up playing around with a few different color/frame combinations but it really didn’t take long for them to home in on what I was envisioning. The job itself was pricey, as I wound up using two more expensive frames which had to be custom orders due to size, as well as museum quality/protective acrylic. I couldn’t be happier with the final result and am so glad I spent the extra money up front because I will have it and love it for years and years to come.

Photo of Shelley Cole Shelley Cole
Jan 21, 2021 5

Bull City Art and Frame did a fantastic job setting and framing my husbands Honorable Discharge. This was so easy. I dropped off the items and picked it up, everything else was done by text. It turned out beautiful. The process and the end product was even better than I expected. I look forward to working with them again!

Photo of Robert “Dino” Comer Robert “Dino” Comer
Jan 22, 2021 5

Dear Bull City Art & Frame Company, I would like to take this moment and Thank Mr. James, Ms. Tiffany, Ms. Michelle and Mr. Will for being Consummate Professionals in True Customer Service and Create Grand Framing to my 3 Historical Posters of History! Bull City Art & Frame Company is Lucky to have Mr. James, Ms. Tiffany, Ms. Michelle and Mr. Will as Team Players! Continued Success and Safety to you and yours as you guys Journey into 2021!

Photo of Vail Gardner Vail Gardner
Jan 26, 2021 5

Lewis and his crew do a beautiful job. They have tons of choices for frames that you aren't going to find anywhere else. Their customer service is wonderful; they spent a ton of time with me to pick out the perfect frames. They also do photo restoration. They were able to save some cherished pieces for me.

Photo of Michelle Hamilton Michelle Hamilton
Mar 3, 2021 5

Great local frame shop that takes the time with you as a customer. They are clearly all dedicated to the work they do and consumed with customer satisfaction and service. Great experience and refreshing. Great customer service and the product is impeccable!

Photo of Phillis Scott Phillis Scott
Dec 24, 2020 5

I have nothing but high praise for Bull City Art & Frame Company. From the moment Lewis met me at the door to welcome me and complete the COVID screening to the consult with James and Tiffany to the unveiling of my piece to me, I knew I was working with professionals! I came to them with an old newspaper article featuring my mother from August of 1975 that I wanted to preserve and display, and I now have a museum-quality piece of art that I was able to give to my 91-year-old mom for a very special Christmas present. James was especially helpful in the design of the piece, even going so far as to create a beautiful pencil drawing of tobacco leaves for the mat that really makes the framing just perfect. I will be going back to BCA&F for my future framing needs, and I highly recommend their work to everyone!

Photo of Ben Pittard Ben Pittard
Mar 19, 2021 5

This was my first piece of professional framing done with Bull City Art & Frame, and I couldn't be happier with my choice. The piece had a lot of sentimental value, and they treated it with the utmost care and professionalism. They were friendly, exceptionally knowledgeable about the process, and did a wonderful job of explaining each step and recommendation. I couldn't be happier with the result and look forward to enjoying this piece for a long time to come. Thank you to the entire team at Bull City Art & Frame!

Photo of Brian Lobo Brian Lobo
Mar 23, 2021 5

This local mom & pop shop took such good care of a very sentimental piece and my first time professionally framing. They were very knowledgeable and friendly. I learned a lot from the process and the piece turned out absolutely beautiful. With all the preservation steps, acid free backing, and museum UV glass - this will last me a lifetime.

Photo of Meret Hofer Meret Hofer
Mar 30, 2021 5

Amazing experience from start to finish! To be able to bring such an excellent level of professionalism, creativity, and customer service into one store is a true accomplishment. Even though I didn't quite know what I wanted when I walked in with my stack of unframed art, it was very clear that the designer, in fact, had a vision for the pieces that I would have never been able to come up with. He was very responsive to my likes and dislikes and took me through each piece with a range of ideas--even going so far as offering to paint a matte that wasn't available in the color tone that would suit the piece. I did not walk into the store expecting or wanting to spend as much as I did, but I have zero regrets. I picked up the art today and literally gasped with each "unveiling"--each piece was better than the next. Amazing what a thoughtful frame job can do for a piece of art! The people who work here are unbelievably talented--I'm absolutely thrilled with the results! P.S.: I was also really happy to see that the store was taking COVID seriously and had excellent protocols in place to keep everyone safe.

Photo of Kerry Foerst Kerry Foerst
Apr 10, 2021 5

This place is absolutely amazing. From cheap simple framing to expensive museum grade preservation, Bull City Art and Frame can do it all. The staff is somehow even better than the services they provide. They are extremely helpful, friendly, and clearly passionate about their job. They even recommend different framing options for each unique piece you bring to them. Probably one of the best businesses in America.

Photo of Amanda McMillan Amanda McMillan
Apr 24, 2021 5

I had unearthed a series of truly unique photos from a road trip my dad must’ve taken 60 or 70 years ago and wanted to showcase them in some special way. The folks at Bull City Art and Framing did a great job of talking me through my options and presenting me with a format that would effectively complement and preserve the images. I couldn’t be more pleased with the end result!

Photo of L Wilson L Wilson
May 2, 2021 5

Lewis and his team are incredibly talented at all facets of framing. Lewis has connections within the art industry that he has shared with me for printing and shipping, which have helped me beyond measure. Lewis, I’m excited to say my art piece made it to Chile earlier this week—and I’m thankful for all of your help. Keep up the great work! Best Regards, Loyd Wilson (fishingaddictionart.com)

Photo of Alisha Alisha
Apr 26, 2021 5

Bull City Art and Frame did an amazing job framing a large painting I needed done. They were patient while I decided which frame to go with, were spot on with the time estimate, and did a fabulous job, including making it simple to hang my picture. I love that they are family owned too. I will definitely go back for future framing needs.

Photo of Catherine Langan Catherine Langan
May 7, 2021 5

Bull City Art & Frame is the best. Hands down. Lew and Tiff treat every piece you take to them as if it were their most precious family treasure. They explain all of the matting, glass and framing options in detail and take great care in their craft....the end result is extraordinary. Most recently I had my daughter’s undergraduate and professional diplomas framed. They are gorgeous and she’ll proudly display them for many years to come.

Photo of Seanna Horan Seanna Horan
Jul 1, 2021 5

I have worked with BCAF for six years. They have meticulously matted and framed 30 professional degrees, artworks and textiles for me. Their customer service, advice and creativity are outstanding. I love bringing them items and seeing what they recommend. I know the framed objects will last for years and years thanks to their high quality workmanship and materials. Consider me a customer for life!

Photo of Dolan Harrington Dolan Harrington
Jun 18, 2021 5

Bull City Art and Frame are true pros. They worked with us every step of the way, from helping us choose suitable frame designs and matting to explaining the hanging mechanism and ensuring we were satisfied with the finished product. No detail is overlooked. We will never go to another framer or try to do it ourselves again.

Photo of Sue F Sue F
Jul 10, 2021 5

This is the best experience I have ever had with custom framing! The staff here know their products and have excellent knowledge of what works. They listened to my requirements and within a few minutes we had the frame and two mat options picked out. The quality of all the products and the workmanship is top notch! Will definitely be using them for future framing.