This is one of those lightbulb moments. With so many local camera and photo shops feeling the pressure from the big chain stores and the internets, I thought I would try to contribute a little bit in getting some exposure for the local and regional camera shops around the country.
So here's what I came up with. If you are a local or regional camera shop, I will add your shop's name and website and location and such in this list below. This is on a first come first served basis. Feel free to leave a comment in this post or send me an email to 1001noisycameras [at] gmail [[[dot]]] com.
Meet some of your local camera shops
1. Madison Photo and Photo Summit, two stores in Northern New Jersey.
2. Camera Land NY, on Lexington Ave, in New York.
3. PJ's Camera, in Glen Ellyn (western Chicago).
4. Crown Camera, in Redding, Northern California
5. Lakeshore Camera Exchange, serving the whole Tampa Bay area in Florida
6. Wolfe's Cameras, Camcorders and Computers in Topeka, Kansas
7. Walden Photo, Ames and Cedar Falls, Iowa
8. Art's Cameras Plus, with three stores in the Milwaukee area, Wisconsin
9. Kerrisdale Cameras, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (submitted by a blog reader).
10. Foto Forum Camera and Video, in Phoenix, Arizona.
11. The Film and Digital Center in Altoona, Pennsylvania.
12. Bob's Photo in Bismarck, North Dakota.
13. Camera World in Charlotte, North Carolina
14. Chris Camera Center in Aiken, South Carolina, 15 miles away from where the Master's Golf Tournament takes place.
15. Camera Mart Inc in Pontiac, SE Michigan.
16. Millburn Camera Shop and Livingston Camera Mart in New Jersey
17. Verona Camera in Verona, New Jersey, and Photo Fair Stores
18. Mimosa Digital in Hoboken, New Jersey
19. Artcraft Camera & Digital with three locations in the state of New York
20. The Photo Garden in Northern Vermont
21. Ulmer Photo, in Stockton, California
22. Wayne Camera Center in Wayne, New Jersey
23. Swanlund's Camera, in Eureka, California
24. Leo's Camera Shop, in Klamath Falls, Oregon
25. Johnson PhotoImaging in Bradenton, Florida
26. Myrick Photo in Monterey, California
27. The Camera Shop Online in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
28. The Photography Center in Malvern, Pennsylvania
29. Anderson Photo and Imaging, in Concord, Massachusetts.
30. Peter's Camera Shop, in Bergenfield, New Jersey, near the GW Bridge.
31. 13 Photo, a gallery and shop in Grand Junction, in western Colorado
32. MidWest Photo Exchange, in Columbus, Ohio.
33. Precision Camera, in Austin, Texas.
34. The "Support Your Local Camera Shop Initiative" has a new stylish home at our NetVibes page, presented in a much nicer fashion. Please check out the "Support your Local Camera Store Initiative 2.0".
If you have a camera or photography blog or website, and you find this an interesting idea, please create a similar initiative on your blog/website or refer your readers to this post. You can also add it to your favorite bookmark sites, like Digg, del.icio.us, StumbleUpon, and vote for it at Photography Voter!. The story has just been submitted to Mixx, in the photography category!
The Support Your Local Camera Shop Initiative in the News
Imaging Insider covered the launch of the initiative and continued to add support to it. Thank you Imaging Insider!
This post was just featured in the latest edition of the Ideas for the photo/imaging industry newsletter (issue #233) by Bill McCurry.
We also submitted the story to Photography Voter and the photography category at Mixx.com.
Update 12/6/07: Each one of the local camera stores listed above are featured in upcoming Photography Soup round-ups. At the moment there is an on-going spotlight feature on our readers (1001 Noisy Readers List). Once all the readers are featured, then I will start featuring one local camera shop in each new Photography Soup installment. Just like the readers, the stores will be featured on a first come, first served basis, starting from #1 in the list and continuing with #2, #3, etc. The lists are always open to new listings! If any of you have any other ideas on how to promote local camera shops, let me know!