Cars line up at the drive-thru window, where instead of bags of burgers and fries, staffers hand over bundles of glossy personal photos. Inside Creative Photo & Digital Imaging, digital techs convert media such as VHS tapes, records, and reels to DVD and CD, while across the store, photo experts transfer snaps onto album prints, museum-grade canvas wraps, and gifts such as coffee mugs and puzzles. Heirloom family portraits, ravaged by rips and sun damage, doff their imperfections in the photo-restoration lab, and an onsite portrait studio captures clans as they update their sweater sets through the years. Creative Photo & Digital Imaging also hosts photography classes on subjects from how to take better pictures on camera phones to the intricacies of digital SLR cameras.
Perlow-Stevens Gallery is a fine art gallery showcasing local, regional, and national artists in various media, gracing eyes with each artisan's eclectic exhibit for three months at a time. Complement the shiny metal inside your body with jewelry ($36–$5,500) such as the Japanese-inspired metalsmithings of Pam Caidin or the diamond-accented curves from Todd Reed. Current artwork ($100–$8,000) includes the oil-scraped portraiture of Joel Sager and the scenic rural isolations of photographer Notley Hawkins. Delicate sculptures, glass work, and ceramic pieces provide a focal point for family rooms or bulls in search of a china shop.
Known locally as the "Gingerbread House," the 1,400-square-foot Creekstone Cottage started out as a two-room log cabin built from local oak trees in the early 20th century. The current Creekstone Cottage was erected around the original cabin's walls in 1935, and the Columbia Historic Preservation Commission listed the cottage as a Notable Historic Property in 2004. Today, the storybook inn features three charmingly furnished bedrooms, a full kitchen, and a fireplace. Guests can linger in the screened-in patio, or chase Mother Goose along the dirt paths through the surrounding gardens lined with flowers and shrubs.