Even as a five-year-old boy, Charlie Havner could be found sweeping the floors of the frame shop. He would then frame his own artwork and set it on display for customers to buy.
Charlie loved his grandparent’s frame shop. His grandfather, Roger Ray Havner, better known as Ray, founded it with his wife, Pat, in 1977.
Ray had served on the USS New York during WWII. But at heart, he was a carpenter. When he returned from serving his country, he saw a niche for framing work in town. It started as a hobby in his house in Hicksville. Over time, it grew into a business that he and his wife moved into a commercial space at 1025 Campbell Street.
In 1992, Ray’s son, Charles Wayne, took over and purchased the business. Shortly thereafter, in February 1993, Ray passed away. Now under the full control of Charles and his wife Lynn, Havner’s Frame Shoppe continued to passionately build custom frames for its customers.
Meanwhile, young Charlie had grown up and pursued a career in banking. He worked diligently at his job for seven years. But as he reflected on his family’s business, he realized how much he wanted to continue the family legacy. In 2012, he left the world of banking and rejoined framing - the business that had run in his blood for two generations.
For Charlie, framing artwork and memorabilia is more than putting wood around a piece of paper. It’s about helping people tell their story in their style. He frames to the piece, not to the trends of the day, which guarantees a wall piece that will endure and look good for years to come.
Havner’s Frame Shoppe specializes in custom cut mattes, frames, and shadow boxes. They preserve art and history such as jerseys, diplomas, and family portraits. Their specialized matte cutter offers thousands of custom cuts including Grecian, Celtic, Navaho, Western, and Cathedral styles. They even offer pickup, delivery, and in-home hanging.
Now under the leadership of a third generation Havner, Havner’s Frame Shoppe continues to serve its customers and community.