Our history

The history of Athens Art & Frame

This August 2020, Pam and I will celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of our company - it was with the help of our community, loyal customers and incredible employees that have made us successful. We have had and are still on an incredible journey - here is our story-

In the summer of 1970 Lee Hendrix, Pam’s father, resigned his position selling aircraft for Lockheed in Marietta, sold his house and moved to Athens, Georgia for the purpose of starting his own picture frame store.

After securing a lease at 553 Prince Avenue, Mr. Hendrix opened the doors of The House of 10,000 Picture Frames on August 1,1970. This was the first full service picture frame business in Athens.

  • In June 1971 - Pam joined her father in the business.
  • In 1985 - Pam bought the business from her father, Lee Hendrix and her husband, Bruce Barker joined her in the business.
  • In 1987 - the business was incorporated
  • In 1988 -The Barker’s built a second location, The House of 10,000 Frames, on Cedar Shoals Drive.
  • In 1994 -The Barker’s purchased a competing shop, Frameworks located at 351 E. Clayton Street
  • In 1995 - The Barker’s added 2,000 square feet to their 3,000 square ft building on Cedar Shoals Drive to accommodate an increase in corporate framing sales.
  • In 1995 -The Barker’s purchased a wholesale picture framing company, Framer’s Supply Company, in Bowman, Georgia and moved it to Athens.
  • In 1996 Just before the 96 Olympics -  The Barker’s started Clayton Street Gallery above the Frameworks location in downtown Athens and hosted Southeast Regional Art Show for Olympic goers.
  • In 1997 -The Barker’s opened a second Frameworks location in the Butler’s Crossing shopping center in Oconee County.
  • In 1998 -The Barker’s entered the e-commerce business with the launch of it’s website and shopping cart.
  • In 2001 -The Barker’s purchased the assets of The Java Rocket, a neighborhood coffee shop that had gone out of business and reopened it under the new name of Cups Coffee Cafe.
  • In 2002 -The Barker’s opened a new store in downtown Athens, The Dawg Pen, that specializes in University of Georgia merchandise.
  • In 2008 – The Barker’s unified all stores, the website and online catalog under  the same name – Athens Art and Frame.
  • In 2009 – The Barker’s merged the 2 Frameworks stores into one new larger store on Parkway Blvd (off Epps Bridge Pkwy in front of Kohl’s) with the name Athens Art and Frame.
  • In 2010 – The Barker’s sold Cups Coffee Cafe.
  • In 2014 - The Barker’s combined the original store on Prince Ave with their store off Epps Bridge Parkway and sold the building.
  • In 2015 - The Barker’s started the Photo Center inside their store off Epps Bridge Parkway.
  • In 2016 - Because of the overwhelming community response to the Photo Center the Barker’s added 2,000 square feet to there Epps Bridge location - for additional photo services
  • In 2018 - The Barker’s added a photo web portal to their website so customers can upload photos directly from their phones or home devices.
  • In 2019 - The Barker’s moved the framing production from the building on Cedar Shoals Drive to the location off Epps Bridge Parkway.

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We are located in Athens, GA, off of Epps Bridge Parkway, next to Catch 22 Gastro Pub and in front of Kohl's.

(706) 549-9299