Fotobar: The Best Place to Print Your Smartphone Photos

Fotobar in Delray Beach, Fla.

Fotobar in Delray Beach, Fla.

I am sort of addicted to taking pictures. Even when I don’t have my DSLR with me, I am always clicking away on my iPhone and ‘gramming the images. So it goes without saying how excited I was when I heard about Fotobar, a new store in Delray that focuses entirely on smartphone photo printing.

The top 6 things I love about Fotobar:

Mounted art

Mounted art

1. The fact that the first in the country is planted in our own little Delray Beach

The first Fotobar opened last month at the new Delray Marketplace. Founder and CEO Warren Struhl hopes to take the country by storm with this project, with plans for 10 more stores in major cities like New York, Boston and Las Vegas later this year. Struhl, who is from Boca Raton, headquartered the business in Boca, and he gets hundreds of e-mails a week about his concept. He hopes to ultimately open thousands of shops worldwide.

The Fotobar storefront in Delray

The Fotobar storefront in Delray

Lucite art

Acrylic art

2. Printing my cell phone photos on the most luxe materials

There’s just something about seeing your own creation printed on bamboo. Fotobar offers endless ways to print your images – framed and mounted or printed on canvas, metal, lucite, acrylic or bamboo. The store is constantly testing new materials, from marble to Gorilla Glass (the glass many smart-phone screens are made of).

What a workstation at Fotobar looks like

What a workstation at Fotobar looks like

3. Like Starbucks or Apple stores, it’s a cool place to hang out

“We studied all the best retailers,” Struhl explains, adding that he wants people to stay awhile in the shop. With crisp white walls and furniture, the room is open and inviting. Comfortable seating lines a long column of computers, and each customer gets a complimentary bottle of cold water while they print their photos.

Framed art

Framed art

4. With classes and meet and greets, it’s a great place to socialize

The store plans to offer smart-phone photography courses and meet and greets with popular Instagrammers. “You see them online, but you’ve never met them,” Struhl notes. It’ll also host children’s birthday parties and private parties with wine and cheese.

There are books and timelines aplenty on Polaroid's history in the store, along with several vintage camera models.

There are books and timelines aplenty on Polaroid’s history in the store, along with several vintage camera models.

5. It’s a mini Polaroid museum

The Polaroid brand has been around for 75 years, and the store has several vintage cameras on display and timelines documenting the history of the company and its place in photography.

Vintage camera

Vintage camera

$1 prints at Fotobar

$1 prints at Fotobar

6. There are printing options for every price point

Prices start at $1. Yes, you read that right: a dollar. A hundred pennies will get you a Polaroid-esque cardboard print that fits in the palm of your hand. The prints can be used as coasters, pinned up on inspiration boards, or attached to a photo mobile like pictured below. >> More printing options

A myriad ways to display the $1 Polaroid prints.

A myriad ways to display the $1 Polaroid prints.

Metal art

Metal art

Framed art

Framed art

To read my original article on Fotobar in Boca Life magazine, click here.

4 comments

  1. Phil Evans says:

    Thanks for this review! I have some scanned Altered polaroids that I wanted to print online at the Fotobar and was going to try one of the 12 x 12 metal prints on aluminum– that sounded like a vibrant way to present a saturated Polaroid image. But it’s so hard to tell on a website…. what was your impression of the metal art prints? I’m not in the area and can’t stop by.

    • Jennifer Tormo says:

      Hi Phil! The metal prints were my personal favorites, actually. I think as long as your image is high res enough it should turn out great. The ones I saw in the shop were very vibrant.

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