I took this photo as the vertical sign from this vintage establishment was being removed.
This was the home of Walter Bennett Camera on Lakeshore Avenue in Oakland. It is sad to see that after over 55 years in business this boutique camera store closed its doors. Understandably people were opting to purchase their cameras online or at larger electronic stores to save a few bucks. I admit, the last camera that I purchased was at a big electronic store in Emeryville as I wanted to purchase a camera at a cheaper price and with an extended warranty. The fact is we take these small businesses for granted; we walk pass them while they are in business and then we realize how much we miss them when they are gone.
Two years ago my family needed passport pictures and we got immediate service at Walter Bennett Camera.
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