by LIZ ONUFER | photos by Tyler McElhaney

Fast Framing

An Old World Craft Meets Modern Technology at Fastframe Carlsbad

The grandfather’s painting tucked away, the posters left rolled up, the memorabilia from a favorite concert – traditionally, framing these favorite pieces was a long process. But one local business is changing this. Dedicated to fast turnaround, excellent service, and a high-quality selection, Fastframe Carlsbad reinvents the art of framing.

Unlike many frame shops, Fastframe builds each frame on-site. Clients not only have a quality in-house selection to fit their budgets and needs, they can also be creative and unique with over 3,000 moulding samples to choose from. A recent client described: “I had a complex frame to create with a concert poster, drum stick, ticket window, and two pictures with the artist, five windows in all. They did an awesome job – perfect collaboration with my vision for it, flexible pricing, and quality workmanship. Fast, too!”


While speed is a key factor, Owner Elizabeth Pace understands the art and history of the process. She explained, “The Fastframe Operating System has taken this Old World craft and added modern technology, which allows us to produce products in a fraction of the time it takes our competitors.” Started in 1986 in Europe, Fastframe’s guarantee is a leader in the industry – thirty days on design and lifetime on craftsmanship.

“They did an awesome job – perfect collaboration with my vision for it, flexible pricing, and quality workmanship. Fast, too!”

Locally owned, the business is an important part of the Carlsbad community. Elizabeth, alongside Manager David Pace, is involved in TGIF Jazz in the Parks, Carlsbad Dove Library events, Carlsbad Arts Program, Memories in the Making Art Program and the San Diego Alzheimer’s Association. This month, the business is hosting a Kid’s Art Contest for 4th and 5th graders.

Elizabeth’s background as a teacher and David’s experience as an artist ensure clients are educated about options and receive excellent design recommendations. Free consultations are offered at the shop, in-home, or via email, as well as free pickup and delivery. One client explained, “Fastframe did an amazing job on framing my mother’s oil painting. They have a great eye to help select the perfect frame that enhances my mom’s work. They were really fast! I have also sent them many of my clients who are also thrilled with their quality and service, even in-home service for an older client that does not drive!”

Fastframe is keeping up the pace, and Elizabeth would love to open a second location to grow the communities they serve. For now, Elizabeth and David are excited to serve their Carlsbad customers with their unique services.


Name of Business: Fastframe Carlsbad
Owner: Elizabeth Pace
Years in Position: 6
Year of Establishment: 2008
Address: 6994 El Camino Real
#110, Carlsbad, CA 92009
Phone: 760-931-8740
Description of Business: Fastframe is a locally owned custom framing store that provides framing for everything from posters, large maps, flags, 3D objects, sports memorabilia, mirrors to original works of art.