Hang onto These Picture Framing Discounts

Durham companies offer discounts on custom framing

Rita and Darell Bigner used a discount from Bull City Art & Frame for memorabilia from Darell’s service in the Navy Medical Corps. Photo by Jonathan Black.
Rita and Darell Bigner used a discount from Bull City Art & Frame for memorabilia from Darell’s service in the Navy Medical Corps. Photo by Jonathan Black.

Darell Bigner was cleaning his mother’s attic about five years ago when he came across a dusty box containing memorabilia from his career in the Navy Medical Corps.

The items – a pair of white gloves, gold shirt buttons and black ornamental shoulder pieces – brought back memories of his service from 1962-64 when he taught students in what is now the Naval Aerospace Medical Institute.  

Bigner and his wife, Rita, had the gloves, a certificate of appointment and photograph of Bigner in uniform sewn onto a mounting board and framed by Bull City Art & Frame Company in Durham. The keepsake sits on a bookshelf in Darrell Bigner’s office in Medical Sciences Research Building I. 

“It’s a better way to preserve those items than putting them away in a box for storage,” said Darrell Bigner, Duke’s E. L. and Lucille F. Jones Cancer Research Professor and Director Emeritus for The Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center. 

Bull City Art & Frame Company specializes in museum quality custom framing of fine art, certificates and family treasures. The store in Durham’s Brightleaf Square offers a 10 percent discount on custom framing to Duke staff and faculty.  

Bull City Art & Frame Company framed Darell Bigner's memorabilia from his career in the Navy Medical Corps. Photo by Jonathan Black.The Bigners use the discount to frame pieces of local art, work by Russian-French artist Marc Chagall and lace doilies made by Darell Bigner’s mother. The Bigners appreciate the attention to detail that Bull City Art & Frame Company co-owners Tiffany and Lewis Bowles give to art from ensuring measurements are correct to matching frame colors with home decor. 

“The discount really does make a difference,” said Rita Bigner, administrative coordinator for Duke Neuro-Oncology. “Bull City is just fabulous. They go the extra mile to make sure you’re happy.”

Check out these other discounts for your next framing project. 

FastFrame

FastFrame offers a 15 percent discount on all framing orders. The business on University Drive in Durham frames artwork, photography, flat-screen TVs and memorabilia.  

J & J Frame Studio 

J & J Frame Studio has preserved art, photos, needlework and other objects for nearly 55 years. The Durham-based store offers 10 percent off of all custom frame orders.

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