9th St. Frame

What is the history of 9th Street Gallery and Frame?

John Teager owned the shop in the 1970’s. Dennis and Phyllis Smeins continued the tradition of high quality framing for 29 years. In 2013, Beth Burkemper became the third owner of the business.

Who is the owner?


Beth Burkemper was a customer at the 9th Street Gallery during the Smeins’ ownership. As a cross-stitcher, she appreciated the Smeins’ attention to detail. At first overwhelmed by the selection available at the shop, over the years, she grew more and more confident in her design abilities for her own work. In 2013, having just completed her MBA at the University of Northern Iowa, she was looking for an opportunity that showcased her business sense and her creative side. After learning of the Smeins' intention of retiring, she thought it might be a good fit. The Smeins expressed interest in selling to her and trained Beth in their philosophy and business principles.

Now as owner, she brings an expertise of fabrics, experience envisioning final products and enthusiasm taking on new projects. Who knew that a hobby such as cross-stitch might lead to a new career path? Beth is committed to keeping up with the framing industry and has invested in updating production processes while expanding her knowledge base through design, preservation and customer service... all the while keeping a keen eye on the value of each framing project.

Store Hours:

Monday - Wednesday: By Appointment
Thursday and Friday: 10-6
Saturday: 10-2
The shop is closed for major holidays: Easter, 4th of July, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Also, the Saturday before Memorial Day and Labor Day. Between Christmas and New Year’s, the shop is closed for maintenance, cleaning and end-of-year preparations. Beth is committed to continuing her education. Every January there is a national convention and other opportunities arise throughout the year. There may be times where the shop is closed to accommodate a class.

What is the normal process?

When a new project is brought in, Beth and her staff, will look at the best ways to achieve your goals… Is preservation a priority? Is a shadow box design needed? Knowing the background story of the pieces being framed helps in determining how best to approach each project.

How long will it take to complete my project?

Normal completion time is two weeks. While some projects can be completed (much) quicker than two weeks, more complicated projects require extra thought, preparation and work.

How do I see examples of latest work?

By visiting our Facebook page, you will see work examples and learn the latest news of the 9th Street Gallery & Frame. Just click on the link: www.facebook/9thStreetFrame.com

Are discounts available?

At the 9th Street Gallery prices are reasonable at all times. We keep discounts to a minimum, but there are times to celebrate.

Calendar of Events


Nonprofit Month

Past and future donations are evaluated - Continuing education at the national convention


Renovate Your Artwork
Breathe new life into your favorite artwork with 15% off matting


Free Needlework Stretching

Winters are long and a great time to finish needlework projects so bring them in and save on stretching


Education is important so show off the accomplishment by framing the diploma and take 15% off


Student Art
Open House

Marshalltown School student work is featured


Anniversary Celebration

(the first weekend of June)

County Fair Special:

$4 pre-cut mats for 4-H entries



Customer Appreciation Month


Change for Art

Spare Change Collection for the Marshalltown School District Art Department


Spotlight on Ceramics

Marshalltown High School Ceramics are highlighted


Art Open House

Come see what is new in the shop


Customer Appreciation
Open House

Sunday, November 23 1:00-3:00


Last minute gifts are possible, but don’t wait too long!!!

We keep supplies in-stock to complete projects before the holidays