Since 1985, South Dakota Magazine’s writers have traversed their home state to unearth unique stories about its past and present. From their Yankton offices, housed in three old brick buildings built in the 1870s by Territorial Governor John Pennington, staffers recall tales from their travels with entertaining articles paired with full-color photos. Recipes for prize-winning pies share space with accounts of outdoor excursions, previews of upcoming events, and historical articles documenting little-known pieces of South Dakota’s past. One issue is sent to subscribers every two months, giving them plenty of time to read every article and plan which outfit they will wear when reading the next.
In business for more than a century, the family-owned centers specialize in a wide array of photography services. Utilizing the latest digital printing equipment, the knowledgeable robo-staff can create high-quality digital prints from film, digital images, and more. They can turn images into a life-sized poster ($24.99–$29.99) or museum-worthy canvas print ($39.99 and up) to comfort and watch over the cat while you're at work. Create greeting cards, announcements, and invitations for special events ($0.99 and up), or celebrate any occasion with photo-laden gifts such as mugs ($12.99–$16.99), T-shirts ($16.99–$24.99), and calendars ($16.99–$29.99). Harold's can also convert VHS to digital form while editing and adding narration, graphic titles, and music with audiovisual artistry ($19.99 and up).
The shutterbugs at Empire Productionss craft lasting memories with fun and innovative photographic forays. A helpful crew sets up and staffs photo booths to entertain guests at celebratory gatherings with interactive distractions. The expansive, curtain-free lounge stocks a variety of props so up to 18 friends or first-grade music teachers can comfortably mug for the camera at once. Stills then shoot out on the spot for subjects to collect or give away to potential suitors. Within a day of the convocation, Empire Productions uploads snapshots to a password-protected online gallery, and hosts receive a compact disc loaded with the same photos.
While teaching art in Kansas in 2008, Amber Lawson began to seriously pursue her passion for photography. After moving to Sioux Falls two years later, she continued to hone her skills behind the lens. Her on-location, primarily outdoor portraiture sessions capture the distinctive personalities of families, kids, high-school seniors, and pets in posed and candid moments. She also lends her photographic expertise to capturing special moments in customers’ lives, such as weddings, engagements, and sending the family dog off to college.
For her successes, Crave Photography's Ashley Horton credits one constant: passion. Ashley's desire to capture everyday emotions–mischief, curiosity, wonder–shines through during her shoots, where she relies mostly on natural light to illuminate the faces and expressions of her subjects. Ashley also backs each session with years of experience, during which she's documented a mélange of milestones including engagements, weddings, newborns, and graduations.
Though the store's name comes off as cryptic to some, Party Land stocks everything that can be taped up, blown up, eaten off of, or worn enthusiastically during a birthday party, clown funeral, or haunted housewarming. Sculpt your next soiree with over 80 inspiring theme selections, 800 balloon choices, and a papier-mâché menagerie of piñatas. Whether you're planning a bachelorette party/demon summoning or just a good old-fashioned dinner rave, tie off a few latex balloons ($.85 each) and foil balloons ($1.99 and up) after filling them with a helium rental tank ($14.99 and up), which can also be used to liven up barbershop quartet performances. But to truly floor your guests, snag a piñata ($12.99 and up) and fatten it up for the big day by feeding it a steady diet of bulk party favors ($.99) and reinforced steel.