Ballyhoo fills photo kiosk need

Jenny Gessaman
Three woman pose around a photo printing kiosk in an office.

From left to right, Ballyhoo Lead Graphic Designer Amber Arntzen, Owner Gerri Campbell and Graphic Designer Karen Petersen stand around the business’s new photo kiosk Friday afternoon.

Photo by Jenny Gessaman

Gerri Campbell, Ballyhoo owner, started getting calls about photo printing when Photo Express closed. When Lewistown’s other photo printing stop pulled its services this spring, Campbell got the message.

“When Albertsons’s took their kiosks out, I was like, “OK, there’s a need.’” she said.

In mid-June, Ballyhoo opened its new Fuji photo kiosk for business. Campbell gets other supplies from the company, and chose them for their quality and service. She said Ballyhoo staff were trained by the installation crew, and spent a week familiarizing themselves with the machine.

Campbell labels the kiosk a hit.

“We often have people waiting or coming back later,” she said.

She suspects one reason is the machine takes several forms of memory: USB sticks, CDs, even photos from phones, which can be wirelessly downloaded.

Campbell is unsure whether the sudden photo-printing boom is from a backlog of photos people had been waiting to print, or is just the market demand. If the lines keep growing, she said Ballyhoo could be looking at a second kiosk in the future.



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