Family business celebrates 20th anniversary

Greg Lochow, the owner of Franklin Framing, 13019 S. Western Ave., is celebrating the 20th anniversary of his family business. Since opening in 2001, Franklin Framing has served thousands of local residents and businesses as a full-service framing business and art gallery. Although its name says framing, the firm is also well known for other services, including expert cleaning and restoration of vintage art. Lochow enjoyed a successful career as a commercial printer and graphic designer for 25 years, but he opened the store after taking the advice of the longtime owner of the Ben Franklin department store in Blue Island, which was in the process of closing. The store had a framing department, and the owner told Lochow that “an enterprising young man could make something out of this.” The man even had a name for the potential business, Franklin Framing. Lochow purchased the framing department’s equipment, inventory and mailing list, and he opened his business in a nearby antique mall that later unexpectedly closed. In 2002, Franklin Framing moved to its current location. In addition to framing fine art, maps, posters and hole-in-one golf scorecards, Franklin Framing has worked with more unusual objects, such as a 17th-century gold coin recovered from a sunken tall-masted schooner. Also impressive are Franklin Framing’s shadow boxes. Lochow, a Blue Island resident for 34 years, is also a specialist in photo restoration and reproducing historic documents. Franklin Framing is open Monday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information or an appointment, call (708) 389-0000. (Review photo)