Retailer of the Month
Camera Mall (Ann Arbor, MI)
LOCATION: 518 E Washington St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
OWNER: Desmond Kolean-Burley, Craig Kufta
This Friday, April 22, CameraMall is celebrating it's first full year in business by throwing... well... a Grand Opening of course! Friday and Saturday will be packed with fun and interesting events, featuring everything from photowalks, scavenger hunts, and even Vanguard's own sponsored event - Where, When & Why Tripod? with Vanguard Pro Thomas Nighswander.
Well, it got us thinking - What better time to start up our monthly 'Retailer of the Month' series - which we've been talking about doing for a long time - than right now? And who better to feature first than CameraMall, who happens to be right here in our own backyard?
So... About CameraMall...
CameraMall is somewhat of an anomaly, especially when you consider how it all came to be. For the full Amazon plug, feel free to read this, but the gist is that Desmond Kolean-Burley, who started out as an employee of Craig Kufta at one of his Camera Shop locations, quickly proved himself to be quite savvy with online sales. Their online success eventually leads to validating a brick-and-mortar store with a great location in the heart of Ann Arbor, MI.
In today's day and age, where so many people's shopping habits have turned to e-commerce, CameraMall is proving every day how to think a little bit differently and adapt to the growing needs of consumers to make informed purchasing decisions.
Besides its significant online presence, CameraMall connects with its customers by providing special workshops and events. Their workshops span every experience level, from beginner (Introduction to DSLR photography, Framing the Story, etc.) to advanced level (Action Photography, Mastering Composition). For a full list of events, see their calendar here.
Besides these types of invaluable classes, CameraMall conveniently offers rental options to its customers, and even has a jumbo-sized Epson printer for custom prints!
Lifted straight from their website, CameraMall proclaims "We are a newly-opened, independent camera store in Ann Arbor, Michigan devoted to delivering an excellent customer experience and helping ordinary people capture the extraordinary moments in their lives. We have a great relationship with all the manufacturers, and we're passionate about delivering an excellent experience to picture-takers at all levels."
Take it from one of the manufacturers - Vanguard loves what they've got going in Ann Arbor, and that's why they're our Retailer of the Month!
If you live anywhere near the Metro-Detroit area, we hope to see you this weekend at the CameraMall Grand Opening, and you can see firsthand what separates this small, independently owned camera store from the pack!