ECVC custom frame shop provides jobs with purpose


Many people are wrapping up Christmas shopping this week and weekend.

For those interested in custom framing, there is a store in the East for you.

The Eastern Carolina Vocational Center is the largest employment services organization in eastern Carolina for those with disabilities, and ECVC’s custom frame shop offers one-of-a-kind custom framing. 

“Customer comes in, pick out images, pick out matte color, pick out the frame, just do everything in-house,” said Penny Hines, who runs the store with

ECVC employs more than 200 people, placing an average of 85 people with disabilities in competitive employment each year.

Marketing director Ellen Jackson said the custom frame shop raises awareness about their mission. 

“When people come here and come to the frame shop, they get to see all the other jobs we have in production,” Jackson said. “That may be people with disabilities, so they get to see a broad view of all the jobs with purpose at ECVC.”

The team has fulfilled around sixty orders this Christmas season, and if you are in need of a last-minute, economical gift guaranteed by Christmas, the store is the place to go.

“I do my best like it’s going to hang in my house,” said Hines. “I want that finished product like, ‘Wow, that looks good. I want that end result when they come pick it up.”

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