"We are a full-service camera specialty store," says fourth-generation owner Chris Bennett, whose great-grandfather, Joseph, opened the shop in 1909. "Not only do we sell cameras, we do processing as well ... wallet size to 40-by-60-inch photos." The store sells photo equipment from major manufacturers such as Nikon, Minolta, Olympus, Canon, Pentax and others, video camcorders, darkroom supplies, accessories, photo frames and albums. Bennett's also repairs equipment.
The staff helps customers find the equipment they want, whether it's a simple point-and-shoot camera or a digital model with lots of bells and whistles. "We provide a transition for people who are moving into digital; we give a lot of advice and instruction. Digital has changed both the ease of use and the complexity of photography at the same time. It's provided avenues for people to manipulate images that they couldn't before. The technology pace is exciting."
In addition to the normal photo equipment, accessories and processing, Bennett's provides passport photos, restores damaged photographs, duplicates videos and makes prints from video. It also offers photo greeting cards and calendars and specialty mousepads, T-shirts and mugs with your favorite photo on them.
"The philosophy of how we run the business has stayed the same (from the beginning): provide the customer with the best products available, competitive prices and the best customer service so they can get the most out of those products," Bennett says. -- Kandace Power Graves Inspired Parties Inspired ideas for entertaining at home is the subject for the second-annual Dine & Design lunch Friday, Aug. 19, part of Southern Comfort's Tales Of The Cocktail three-day event Aug. 18-20. Sponsored by Food & Wine magazine, Dine & Design will be held at Brennan's restaurant and will feature entertaining ideas from local author, party-planner and editor Beverly Reese Church, whose fourth book, Seasonal Celebrations, will be released this spring. The cost is $35. For reservations for Dine & Design or other Tales of the Cocktail events, call 558-1850 or visit www.TalesoftheCocktail.com. -- Lee Cutrone
- Shop owner Chris Bennett highly recommends the $399 Nikon Coolpix 7900 digital point-and-shoot camera based on function and value.