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midwest frame and gallery history


Early 1970's    John Teager starts a side business of picture framing out of his home.  Shortly after, Pat, John's wife, insists he find a new home for the framing business.  John purchases 506 South 9th Street.


1975   Teager's Art & Frame Shoppe has grown and John completes an addition that doubles the square footage of the building.

1984  Dennis and Phyllis Smeins buy the frame shop and eventually rename it 9th Street Gallery and Frame.  They purchase the adjacent house and demolish it to make a parking lot.

2013 Beth Burkemper, a customer at the 9th Street Gallery, purchased the business

from the Smeins, having completed her MBA at the University of Northern Iowa. 

The first two years of ownership were devoted to streamlining the production process. 

The third - fifth years focused on an interior renovation and rebranding with the

new name Midwest Frame and Gallery.

2019 The business reverts to a part-time operation with Kyle Landas managing

day-to-day operations.  

2020 The business is open by appointment.

2022 The business moves to Missouri.  

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