history of stretch & frame

In 1976, Bob Lincoln Senior, (Big Bob) finished renovating an old motel owned by his father, into an apartment house called "The Lanai".

Meanwhile his son Bob (Little Bob), was playing guitar and singing in a local dance band.

Big Bob was in need of someone to help manage the apartments, while little Bob was in need of a part time job to help support his music, so the two got together to help each other out.

The motel had a cafe, that was no longer used, and as they were wondering what to do with the area, they found out about a man that wanted to sell his art shop - Charlie Rice Enterprises on McKinney Avenue. Charlie specialized in canvas stretching and picture framing. Since Big Bob had been in home construction all his life, this sounded worthwhile.

Charlie was an artist in many ways, and his work was meticulous. Before he handed over the keys to the business, he wanted to make sure that the person who would take over would continue to bring integrity to the shop.

In October of 1976, after many hours of learning the trade, Big Bob purchased the business from Charlie. He moved it to the lobby of the Lanai Motor Motel on Harry Hines Blvd., and changed the name to Stretch & Frame.

In 1980 the Lanai was sold, and Stretch & Frame moved to the James Business Park, located at Royal Lane and Harry Hines Blvd.

One year later on October 6, 1981 little Bob married Ippi, and the three of them worked together at Stretch & Frame, doing business mainly with artists and designers.

When Big Bob passed away in 1983, Ippi and Bob continued the business, and for 14 years they operated out of the space at the James Business Park.

In February of 1994, they moved to 5800 Maple Avenue, and added Lincoln Gallery.

After being on Maple Ave. for 19 years, it was time to relocate, scale down, and start thinking about retiring. They moved to Elmbrook Drive in Dallas and stayed there for four years before closing in February of 2017.  

After "pseudo" retiring,  the business was moved to a workshop at their home in Winnsboro, Texas (2 hours east of Dallas). The work is now exclusively making blank artist canvases.

"We feel very blessed that all of our customers are a part of our success story, and we thank God every day for the opportunity to serve you." 

 Ippi & Bob Lincoln

Lanai Motor Motel where Stretch & Frame started their custom artist canvas stretching in Dallas.
Lanai Motor Motel where Stretch & Frame started their custom artist canvas stretching in Dallas.