Frank was born in Cambridge in 1941. In 1962 he took over the leadership of the Harvard Book Store an independent bookstore founded by his father in 1932. During the next 46 years the bookstore became a Harvard Square landmark and one of the leading independent bookstores in the United States. The bookstore was sold in October 2008. In 2006 Frank, along with Simon Shapiro, of Tag’s Hardware and several other local business owners co-founded Cambridge Local First, an alliance of locally owned independent businesses that educates the citizenry about the many benefits brought to the community by locally owned businesses. Since 2005 CLF has grown to over 335 members and they have just completed citywide distribution of their eighth annual directory. In addition to being co chairman of CLF Frank is active in community affairs.
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