The Frame Station is Getting a New Home

| October 30, 2016 | 0 Comments

By Ginny Ollis

Tom Sandler has been an icon of the Mission Hills business community since 1981. That’s when he opened his Frame Station business, creating and delivering perfectly suited custom framing for whatever you want to show off. (In case you don’t know, a quick visit to the big competitors, like Aaron Bros., will show you that his prices are exceptional, especially considering the enormous selection of framing options that are available, as well as the expert counsel you receive, and the superior quality work of the frames.)

While most of his customers are Mission Hills/Hillcrest people, those clients who move out of the area generally continue to return to Sandler for their framing needs. Besides the superior quality framing and impressive selection of options and prices, Frame Station is a congenial place to shop. That’s because Sandler believes in hiring people he really likes.

And, he has an impressive background. Sandler earned a Masters in Theatre Arts at Cal State Los Angeles, while working part time at Aaron Bros. in Laguna. That’s when he found his passion. He followed his daughter, Krista, to San Diego, which lead him to establishing roots in Mission Hills. Sandler also has a second daughter, Shea, with his wife, Sondra Thiederman, and a total of five grandchildren, ages four to15.

Truly, Sandler’s passions are many. He says it all begins with people. His second best joy is volunteer work, right after his family. Sandler and his wife have raised dogs for Canine Companions for Independence for upward of two years, training and socializing them. They now have 10 graduates.

He is also a member of Rotary and loves counseling Rotary Youth Leadership Awards camp members. Every year select high school juniors from San Diego schools are given an all-expense paid camp where they are inspired by exceptional speakers, make life-long friends through fellowship activities, and discuss the ethical and social issues of today in an atmosphere of trust and respect.

He has also volunteered for the oncology kids’ playroom at Children’s Hospital for the past 23 years. Additionally, Sandler plays classical and flamenco guitar, has been a Chargers season ticket holder forever, and especially enjoys his “grandfather time.” Travel is another favorite, especially to England, Egypt and Italy.

Frame Station will be in transition November 1 through 13, but available by phone or email. They will reopen for instore business at their new location on November 14, less than four minutes away at 4085 Pacific Highway, 92110. It’s at the bottom of the hill. You can reach Sandler and his team at the same phone number and website: (619) 298-8558 and

Make sure you stop by the new location and share in his continuing effort to create the perfect framing for all your artwork and memorabilia.

Tom Sandler has been operating Frame Station in Mission Hills since 1981.

Tom Sandler has been operating Frame Station in Mission Hills since 1981.

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