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