Family owned and operated from the same location since 1931, Dot Dotson's combines a traditional full-service film lab with the convenience and versatility of modern digital processing. Their doting depictionary doctors will work with you on every photo, adjusting color and brightness and cropping out extraneous scenery, red eyes, and imaginary friends. Each prepaid digital-print card entitles memory collectors to 100 color prints and has no expiration date, allowing guests to make a one-time trade for excessive vacation photos, or stop by once a year to remember a century's worth of Nessie sightings. (8"x10" photo must be redeemed before February 15, 2010).
Owned and operated by glass artists and collaborators Alejandro Hernandez and Ciara Cuddihy, Studio West houses a gallery of fine paintings and glasswork attached to a full glassblowing studio. The cream walls and bright lights of the gallery give way to the industrial metal and stony tile of the workshop, where artisans can be seen retrieving white-hot gobs of glass from the furnaces. These mounds of molten potential are regularly rolled and shaped into handmade trinkets and vases, which can be immediately smashed and melted, completing their life cycle. Visitors can experience the process for themselves during workshops, where they receive hands-on training from the glassworkers in how to bend the superheated silica to their will.
While living in Kenya, Leslie Mittelberg was amazed at the skills displayed by artisans and the vast variety of items that were sold in the community marketplace. After returning to the United States, she often longed for a way to access those rich textiles and beautiful sculptures, but found that very few African products made their way to the US. Guided by her passion, she began contacting sellers along the East African coast and encouraging them to export their wares. Today, she employs fair-trade policies to stock stores throughout the country, supporting artisans living in Kenya, Tanzania, the Sudan, Uganda, South Africa, Mozambique, Mali, Senegal, and Ethiopia.