Taws began in 1897 at 9th and Arch street as an art supply and photography needs store owned and operated by brothers John and Henry Taws. By 1931 they had outgrown their small location and moved to 1527 Walnut street. In 1971 the Leis Family acquired the business and transformed it into a hub for local artists featuring art supplies, graphic design, framing, and bookbinding. After one more move to 1530 Locust Street, Taws finally settled at our current location of 1703 Pine street to focus on our true passion; the art of bookbinding, framing, and repair of fine leather and wood goods large and small.
Formerly Taws is owned and operated by Dov Leis. He began his career at the original Taws, with his brother Bear running the printing and graphics department. When they parted ways in 2015, Dov continued his passion of working one-on-one with clients to help them create the perfect piece, no matter how big or small. With over 40 years of experience in the industry, he has perfected the art of custom framing and bookbinding.
Nick Bewsey joined TAWS in the summer of 2021 as a new associate. Nick co-owned a successful home furnishings and interior design business, Blue Raccoon, in Lambertville, NJ. Nick brings more than 25 years of creative experience to the position and he excels at providing TAWS' clientele with exceptional service and artistic guidance.
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1703 Pine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Framed with a Country French pickled moulding
Signed and numbered litho by Shepard Fairey. Mounted and ready for framing.
Large format photograph (108" x 72") that we mounted and framed for a local client.
A client who moved to Philly from South Africa had a large canvas he needed stretched for his home. Taws Can Do!
Often, a simple print comes alive with a bold, colorful frame choice.
An elegant gold moulding was the right choice for this stunning study in black and white.
A wonderful collection of art comes into the shop for framing. A personal favorite: an Empire Strikes Back poster signed by the late Carrie Fisher,
Client asked us to frame a sweet dog that recently passed away.