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The door and Nikon camera sign on the red brick side of Sunny Schick Camera Shop in downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana.

 


Sunny Schick Camera Shop

Sunny Schick Camera Shop is my hometown camera store, and the only pro-level camera store in Fort Wayne. I have been buying equipment, film, chemicals, and other photo supplies from them since I was a kid.

Sunny Schick is on the corner of Washington Boulevard and Ewing Street in downtown Fort Wayne. This is the east side of the ancient brick building that has been the store's home since it opened in 1926. There is a door on the front of the building, but the regular customers all use the side entrance.

The Nikon camera sign is the third camera that Sunny Schick has had on the side of the store, at least that I can remember. From the time I was a kid until several years after I graduated from college, the sign was a Nikon F3-HP, which was a 1980's era professional 35mm camera. When the F3 sign got too faded, it was replaced by a Canon Digital Rebel. That was later replaced by the Nikon digital camera that you see here. 

When I was young, the store was owned by an elderly man named Dana Christie. His son, Bill, worked there for many years; and he took it over after his father retired. One of Bill's sons works there now. Hopefully the store will be there for many more years. A lot of local camera stores have been killed off by competition from online shops, but its nice to have a place to go when I need something immediately, and where I can hang out and talk photography with friends among the staff and customers.

The store is named for its founder, whose last name was Schick. His friends called him Sunny. I made this photograph in the morning as the sun was rising behind me.

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Update: Sunny Schick closed forever on July 29, 2017. The 90 year old business was Fort Wayne's last remaining camera store.

 

 

 

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