My day job for the last 17 years has consisted of two things. Selling cameras & teaching about photography. A few weeks ago Ritz Camera, the company that owns Wolf Camera at Saba Palza, was unsuccessful in it's Chapter 11 reorganization. Right now I am looking at the end of a 17 year career. After years of long hours and shrinking paychecks, what did I have to show for it? As I look at my bank statement and my 401k I don’t really see much there.
However, the past week has been a real eye opener. It has been the busiest I have ever seen the store in about 5 years. People are coming from all over to visit the store. Some are coming out for the deals of course. However, the majority have expressed sadness, exasperation, and most of all thanks.
I had forgotten of what an affect this store has had on the community over it’s 30 years. My own personal connection to this camera shop started way before I worked here. When I was in high school learning my art this store was here. When I went to college this store provided for me as well. The store even gave me my first job after college. I realize now that without the camera store at Saba Plaza I wouldn’t be who I am today.
Many of you have come in to just to say thank you. Students have come up and said thanks for all the classes I taught. I had one customer reach for my hand and said thanks for all the assistance on her personal projects. Many have simply said thanks for being there.
My first love has always been photography and I am glad I got to share it with you. So thank you to all the customers and students who walked through our doors. Thank you for helping me remember this wasn’t just a retail location. Reminding me why this job was more than just about the paycheck. I am humbled to have been part of your lives these past years. Thank you everyone....