1667 W. Market
1700 W Exchange Street
Tel (330) 867-8710
Toll-Free: (877) 463-7867 Fax (330) 867-7098
Take a look at the NEW
The old store pictures!
When I graduated and could not find a job, I started
my own business. A friend and I borrowed money on our Visa cards and opened
the store at Spicertown near Akron University in August 1969. Our first
paying customer was the telephone installed, he is still a regular customer.
In December we did $7000.00 for the month. Now we have days that are $7000.00.
My friend dissolved the partnership and I ran the store myself. I incorporated
in July 1970. I bought Akron Camera Exchange and had two locations
for a while. But the customers went to the new location and we closed the
original. In 1981 I went back to school for my Master's and stopped running
the store on a daily basis. My wife Margaret and Jack Darrow continue
to run the store to this day. Margaret is President and General Manger
and Jack is Vice President and Sales Manager.
These are some views of the store today. We carry
the largest selection of 35 mm film in the Akron area. We carry supplies
for the amateur photographer. Bags, flashes, batteries, darkroom supplies,
filters are just some of the many items we carry.
We have a large selection of both new and used cameras.
We carry Nikon, Canon, Ricoh, and Olympus Slr's.
We have both 35 mm and APS point and shoot style cameras.
Nikon, Canon, Olympus, Ricoh, Yashica, Leica, Kodak, are the brands that
We carry binoculars, slide trays, electronic flashes,
lenses and all the other things one needs to get the pictures you want.
The Photo Ditto machine that you can see in the foreground
lets us make digital images of existing photos. We can make enlargements
or reductions of either color or black and white images. As you can see
we carry a selection of tripods, straps, and lots and lots of frames.
These machines are the ones that develop your film and
print your pictures. This is where we are different from other labs. The
technician looks at the negatives before they are put into the printer
and makes adjustment before they are printed. Then another technicians
looks at every picture and sends it back for remakes before you ever see
it. We take pride in giving the customer the best print from your negative.
Our photo lab covers our entire basement. This is the
machine that lets us make enlargements from 5x7 up to 12x18. This is also
the area where we make copy negatives, and negatives from slides.
This is our finishing area where technicians cut the
negatives and do a final quality check on the photos before they are priced
Here is a photo of me in the original store. This is
a 110 photo that is not great, but the store for in amateur photography
now longer exists!
May 28. 2001