"Nobody Frames You Better" echoes in the Hall of Frames as if my father and founder, Ben Kogan, had said it today. It all started in 1975 in Phoenix, Arizona, when his lifelong art hobby transformed into the opening of a humble and narrow picture frame store, that truly resembled a "Hall of Frames", thus inspiring the name of our company. As picture framing pioneers my father Ben, mother Evelyn, brother Ron, and I formulated the timeless picture framing tradition that the Kogan family carries on today.
The entrepreneurial idea of opening up a custom picture frame store all stemmed from a side project of Founder Ben Kogan back in Chicago, Illinois, in the early 70s. As co-owner of a company named Gerald's Fine Arts, Ben Kogan contracted artists to paint customer's portraits on canvas from previously taken photographs. Shortly after beginning his side project, Kogan decided to compliment the paintings by offering readymade and custom picture frames.
Although this side project became Ben's passion, several years of providing the service proved that it was extremely hard to sell the canvas paintings. However, Ben noted the popularity of the actual picture frames, and began developing a serious interest in the different styles, colors, and how they were assembled. This is in fact how the Kogan family stumbled into picture framing.
The Hall of frames began in June of 1975 when Ben and Evelyn Kogan decided to open a centrally located framing store in Tower Plaza, a mall in Phoenix, Arizona. This first location was a humble shop, narrow in size. The thousands of frames lining the aisles is what inspired the store's name, "Hall of Frames".
With the help of sons Ron and Jay, Ben and Evelyn formulated the tradition of providing quality products, helpful and creative customer service, and selection to cater to any customers taste. It was this very tradition and philosophy that helped build the successful framework that is still carried out today. Everything stemmed from the original tower plaza location: the philosophy, the name, the culture, and the daycare center for Sean and Bryan Kogan as babies, who are now 3rd generation Kogans in the business. In fact, if you walk into the HoF headquarters or one of the locations you may just be helped by Jay, Ron, Pam, Sean or Bryan Kogan.
Seven years after opening Tower Plaza, Jay asked his father Ben, "How can I make more money and support my family?" Ben replied by saying, "Open up another store". Jay used this advice to lay the framework for the expansion of the Hall of Frames over the past 35 years.
In order to do more picture framing you must open other locations, as it is important to keep valuables close to home and heart. Artwork is no exception! For that reason, Jay Kogan decided it was time to bring this valued family business closer to home for it's customers.
To this day, the Hall of Frames superstore chain is still owned and operated by the Kogan family. Our employees have become extended family, which creates exciting energy throughout all 12 locations. This is why some of the employees have been around for over 20 years! Stop by your nearest Hall of Frames location so you can see what this family is all about.