Constructed in the early 1900s, the building that Paper City Pictures calls home adds its own vintage character to the studio’s photography. Although the antique structure has been renovated to have a sleek, modern feel, it retains some of its original design elements, reminding visitors of its historic and timeless quality. Restored brick walls and the original wood mill floors lay the foundation for Paper City Pictures’ colorful sets, including a sapphire-colored backdrop that can bring out the color of a child's eyes or the shiny coat of an australian cattle dog. In another area, a large mural depicts a gray-and-black urban scene where subjects strike poses on a wrought-iron bench or raise their hands to hail a 2-D taxi. Aside from in-studio portraits of families and individuals, the photographers also venture out to events such as weddings, birthday parties, and reunions and specialize in performance shots for dancers or band members.
Voted among the best gift-basket providers in the Valley Advocate's 2010 Best of the Valley readers' poll, Laurel Mountain provides customers with tasteful solutions to gift-giving dilemmas. Welcome new humans to Earth with a Baby Buggy basket ($49.95) sporting snuggly stuffed friends, a bottle, and other infant essentials, or thank a cocoa-crazy coworker for years of borrowed paperclips and collating advice with a Chocolate Delights basket ($49.95) filled with cookies, truffles, and fudge. Laurel Mountain's assortment of assemblages includes numerous holiday baskets, such as a Hot Stuff! Valentine's basket ($49.95) loaded with a heart-melting mix of barbecue sauce, salsa, and other gastro-goodies, as well as care packages ($24.95–$34.97) to let off-site offspring know they're never too far to escape your benevolent grasp. To ensure freshness, baskets aren't assembled until orders are placed, and each includes a handwritten card with a message of your creation, allowing you to partner your package with a pig Latin haiku or romantic limerick.
Valley Art Supplies stocks palettes and pencil cases with paints, brushes, canvases, and other creative accouterments for artists of all levels. Artists can slather a rainbow of hues from the Chroma A2 line of art students’ acrylic paint ($6.21 each) onto a 16”x20” studio canvas ($13.19 each) to create a lifelike portrait of their imaginary poodle, Stu. Alternately, scrawl charcoal sketches on 22”x30” Stonehenge paper ($4.10 each), and then proudly nail it to the refrigerator door with Valley’s bevy of framing supplies.
In 2007, manager David Stauffer transformed a century-old building into a charming dry-goods store. Honoring the antique architecture, he still sends grains sailing down the building's antique wooden chute, which unloads shipments into pickup trucks and the gullets of bears that are tired of stealing picnic baskets. Additionally, the shop continues to stock its signature birdseed blend, lawn fertilizer, garden and pet supplies, hay, and other outdoor essentials.