About Binders Art Supplies and Frames
BINDERS® sells fine art products, creative gifts and picture frames at discounted prices. Our sales associates are accomplished artists offering knowledgeable and caring customer service. See what people are saying about us
BINDERS® has strategically built its business on becoming not only a source of supplies, but of creative inspiration as well. Our commitment is to promote personal growth through education, arts awareness, and by giving back to our creative communities.
BINDERS® History: From Beer to Paint
In 1955 two brothers, Moe & Joe Krinsky, who made their mark in Atlanta as founders of Moe’s & Joe’s Tavern, a highly successful beer joint located in the Highlands neighborhood of Atlanta bought the little BINDERS® gift store. This was their first venture into retail. A year after taking over the store, at the suggestion of a salesman, the guys put in paint. The first artist paint line to go up on the shelf was Permanent Pigments- commonly known today as Liquitex. And thus, BINDERS® as we know it today was born.
Originally, the store was located in downtown Atlanta and over the years it has moved throughout many locations in the metro area. In 1978, Joe left the business and a new partner came in — Paul Finkel. As the business grew, Moe and Paul brought in family members to help run the store. Moe’s son Fred came in 1978. Paul’s son-in-law- Jay Shapiro entered into the business in 1980 and Moe’s youngest son, Howard Krinsky came in 1982. The business thrived and expanded to 16 stores in various states throughout the country. But hard times befell the company in the late 1990’s. Moe, Paul and Fred left the business to pursue other interests.
On September 7th 2001 Jay and Howard bought the assets of the business and BINDERS® had a new lease on life. Jay and Howard built the business as you know today with a new determination and mission to give back as well as to be a part of the art communities where their business resides. In 2010, Jay Shapiro unexpectantly passed away due to a sudden illness. Today, Howard continues to operate the company under that very same mission. BINDERS® has two stores: one in Atlanta and one in Charlotte. Its flagship store in Atlanta is an 18,000 square foot store that is called one of the finest art supply stores in the country by experts in the industry.
…and as Paul Harvey would say: "…and now you know the rest of the story!”