HYDE PARK — An independent framing shop that’s operated in Hyde Park since the ’70s plans to reopen next month after being priced out of its former location on 53rd Street and going on hiatus.
The Great Frame Up signed a lease at 5234 S. Blackstone Ave. and will move in once a remodel of the store is complete, according to a voicemail message at the store.
The store, which offers custom framing, design consultation services, art, wall decor and more, aims to reopen in February.
The new location is just around the corner from the shop’s former home in the Dorchester Commons shopping plaza, which it left in August after its lease was not renewed.
The Great Frame Up was founded in Lakeview in 1971. The Hyde Park location opened in Hyde Park in the ’70s as one of the earliest franchises for the company, which is now a nationwide chain with its headquarters in Missouri.
The store’s artist of the month gallery has been a staple of the Hyde Park location since its founding, with contemporary South Side artists like Rebekah Younger — a former owner of the store, according to the Hyde Park Herald — Dalton Brown and Searra Vinnett having their framed art displayed on the store’s walls.
Owner Mark Jelke did not respond to requests for comment.
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