Porter’s Craft and Frame is a family owned business that has been around since 1915. Businesses with that kind of history usually have very fun and interesting stories behind them and Porter’s is no different. Take a look at our story to see how we got to where we are today:
Porter’s started out as a retail entity in 1915 in Rexburg, Idaho. The store was actually a sideline business to Arthur Porter’s newspaper and printing business. Arthur Porter was an immigrant who came to Rexburg in his mid-twenties as a Professor at ricks Academy, which is now Brigham Young University – Idaho. He and two partners owned the Rexburg Journal in 1907 and eventually he bought out his partners and decided to go into business full time.
Arthur operated three businesses in one storefront, with a retail store in the front and the printing and newspaper in the back. After World War II, Arthur’s youngest son, Warren, bought the store. Warren then rented the adjacent storefront and put in a Ben Franklin variety store franchise. With the two merchandise themes, Warren operated through the 80′s. In that time, he expanded the store several times and added additional merchandise categories.
All of Warren ‘s family has been active in the development of Porter’s over the years. Today, son Chuck and his wife Linda own and operate the store in Rexburg, plus another store in Idaho Falls. Their son, Mark, has spun off a commercial office furniture and supply business which is also headquartered in Rexburg.
Our retail theme has evolved into crafts, fabric, framing, and creative merchandise. The original store in Rexburg also has gift and novelty merchandise. As our society and its buying habits have become more sophisticated over the last nine decades, so has Porter’s. Changes in the next few years promise to be even more dramatic and exciting. We will pursue our business strategy with single mindedness, yet we will be observant enough to change that strategy to accommodate changing markets and surroundings.