A business new to this area opened last week on Main Street in Camden. Badge Frame owners Bill and Shelley Baxter have been in the custom framing business since October of 1989. Started in Southern California, they have now brought their unique business to Benton County.
The business began in their apartment, moved to the garage, grew to a small location, became larger and moved to a retail location, which they ultimately outgrew and moved again. The move to Camden was decided as the growing business once again needed more space. Additionally, the owners were ready for a change as California had become a less friendly environment for small businesses.
Badge Frame now occupies the building located at 118 W. Main St. in Camden, which is next door to Bold and Beautiful Hair Salon and across the street from the Camden Police and Fire Departments. Store hours are Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
On Thursday, March 2, Badge Frame celebrated joining the Benton County/Camden Chamber of Commerce with an official ribbon cutting event. On Friday, March 3, the business held a special open house to introduce their beautiful products to area law enforcement, firefighters, military personnel, and veterans, and to thank friends, family, and neighbors for helping them transition to Camden.
On a daily basis, Badge Frame ships projects nationwide. They have a niche market that serves law enforcement, fire fighters, and military personnel by creating custom career shadowboxes, large wall emblems, signage, awards, and professionally designed art and framing.
Badge Frame has worked with over 1,000 law enforcement agencies throughout the U.S. All of their products are one-of-a-kind, made in the USA by their family-owned business. The business also serves local clients by framing certificates, photographs, oil paintings, portraits, mirrors, and other cherished keepsakes.
In addition to Bill and Shelley, their son T.J. Baxter and his fiancé Kara Brady also moved to Camden to assist in running the business. Kara’s family made the move to Tennessee as well to live in Big Sandy. “We are glad to be here in Benton County, and we are very grateful that the community has welcomed us with open arms,” Shelley said. “We at Badge Frame look forward to being part of and serving Benton County and the surrounding communities with any custom framing needs.”