CameraMall Dodges a High- Rise
And finds a home on the west side
by Micheline Maynard
From the November, 2020 issue
CameraMall, the independent camera store, has moved into the new Reinhart Building on W. Stadium. It was a forced relocation--their former spot on E. Washington is in the footprint of a planned nineteen-story high-rise--but it worked out well. Operations manager Devon Flores says the new space is four times the size of the old one, and she and owner Desmond Kolean-Burley got to design it to their own specifications.
The extra space gave the couple room to display larger items, such as lighting equipment and backgrounds for photo shoots, that were stored in boxes at the old location. There's also room for a gallery of photos from local artists, including the winners of a recent contest the store cosponsored with the Argus Museum and the Washtenaw County Historical Society. "How Far Have We Come?" was initially tied to the centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment granting women's suffrage, but its theme broadened in the wake of this summer's protests to include the struggle for racial equality.
"The photos we got are really incredible," Flores says. "It was so exciting to hang them."
CameraMall sells a variety of cameras, from digital to specialty format models. It offers gear for photo studios, processes photos, and serves other photography needs.
Since the pandemic began, it has done an especially brisk business in previously owned equipment, Flores says. "Our used department is really bustling. We have a really quick turnover there."
CameraMall, 2275 W. Stadium, (734) 997-5031. Mon.-Fri. 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat. & Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Vulnerable shopper hours Wed. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. cameramall.com
[Originally published in November, 2020.]
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