Mayor Pro Tem Gary Kovacic welcomed the fun and first-of-its-kind photo studio Selfie Selfie to Downtown Arcadia at a ribbon-cutting ceremony coordinated by the Arcadia Chamber of Commerce Thursday, Dec. 11. Council member Sho Tay also attended the grand opening.
Kovacic praised owners Jason Chen, Bonnie Zheng and Cheyenne Xu on the design of the retro art deco style marquee-like front on their studio at 28 ½ E. Huntington Drive, just east of Santa Anita Avenue on the south side of the street next to property owner Spa Xanadu across from Claro’s.
Also welcoming and presenting a certificate to the new business owners was Chamber Vice President Vicki Knight of Century Rooter Service and Plumbing, and representatives from Congresswoman Judy Chu (Viola Van), State Senator Ed Hernandez (Clayton Arick), and County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich (Brian Mejia). Chamber CEO Scott Hettrick said it was great to have another new shop opening in the heart of Downtown Arcadia, especially such a unique studio being opened by young entrepreneurs. Bonnie is a recent new resident of Arcadia.
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The studio is unique in offering customers a chance to take professional photos of themselves, family, friends, or groups, without having to pay a professional photographer. Customers pay an hourly fee to use one of two studios set up with a backdrop, lights, and a camera operated by the customer with a remote control button. A variety of costume props are also available, such as hats, gloves, even a horse to sit on. A mirror and monitor are set up in each studio so customers can put themselves in the proper pose and see how their photo turned out. The unlimited number of photos are then put on a flash drive supplied by the customer to take home and put on their computer for printing or e-mailing to others.
Chen said it is the first such studio he knows about in the region and even the United States.
More than a dozen Chamber board members and Ambassadors on hand enjoyed the food and beverages supplied by the studio owners between having fun taking lots of “selfies” with all manner of props and in all sorts of poses.