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About Carlson Paint, Glass & Art Stores Inc.

First Carlson's Store

The first Carlson store facade.

Carlson Paint, Glass, and Art Stores Inc. is a fourth generation family business that was started in 1915. Over the years the Carlson family has branched out to include a wide array of businesses. Carlson Art and Framing located at 111 E. Front Street in Wheaton originally started as a paint and wallpaper store in 1915 and eventually expanded to include fine art supplies and custom framing. Our second art supply and framing store located at 209 South Main Street in Lombard was opened in the late sixties.

Our art and framing locations include an expansive variety of art supplies for beginners through advanced artists and for children through adults. Our custom framing departments have over one hundred years of combined framing experience and offer free consultations to help create the best looks for your framing projects.

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An early Carlson’s ad.

Back in the early days, when we used to provide the painting and wallpaper labor, our painters came across a lot of windows that needed repairing. The Carlson family saw an opportunity to repair windows alongside their painting work. Gradually the glass repair business expanded and in the mid 1970s we purchased our 312 W Front Street location, Carlson Glass and Mirror. The glass store has grown to include table tops, shower enclosures, window and screen repair, framed and frameless mirrors, vinyl windows, patterned glass, and more.

In the 1980s the Carlson family opened up their third business venture Carlson True Value Hardware, which is located at 125 E Front Street in Wheaton. A convenient, local, shop providing all of your hardware needs. Carlson True Value Hardware has plumbing, electrical, and gardening supplies, housewares, hand tools, power tools, and much more. The hardware store repairs lamps and is an accredited repair location for Toro snowblowers and lawnmowers.

In the late 1980s Mark Carlson along with his wife Nancy got the idea to put together school supply kits for local schools working alongside their PTAs. Carlson School Supplies was born and now provides school supplies to over 200 schools in the western suburbs.

Come and see what Carlsons has to offer. We are proud of our long-standing, local, small businesses and are dedicated to our employees, customers, and to keeping our small towns strong.

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Carlsons has been part of the Independence Day Parade in Wheaton since 1915.

Serving you since 1915

Carlson Paint, Glass, and Art Stores Inc. is a fourth generation family business that was started in 1915. Over the years the Carlson family has branched out to include a wide array of businesses. Carlson Art and Framing located at 111 E. Front Street in Wheaton originally started as a paint and wallpaper store in 1915 and eventually expanded to include fine art supplies and custom framing. Our second art supply and framing store located at 209 South Main Street in Lombard was opened in the late sixties.

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