Photo Printing, Canvas Gallery Wrap, Graphic Design and Imaging
As the aroma of fresh brewed coffee drifts down the street, one can hear the whir of the espresso grinder and the soothing sound of steaming milk. People from all walks of life are enticed through the doors of Joe Camera to enjoy one of the simple pleasures this small town, mom and pop’s shop has to offer. Once inside, one is overwhelmed with aroma and atmosphere. Littering the shelves and the walls are a plethora of antiquities ranging from early Kodak box cameras to a 1940s Schwinn Tornado hanging from the ceiling.
Family owned and operated, Joe Camera was born February 1, 2002, in a humble apartment in Lincoln, Nebraska. During its embryonic stages the business was primarily a traveling studio. In the summer of 2002, owners Joseph Torrey and his fiancé, Dusti Duffy, moved to his hometown and purchased a dilapidated building to expand the business. Over the course of seventeen months the building, located at 717 Main Street in downtown Alma, was renovated by Joseph to resemble its 19th century origins. During this time, Dusti was employed by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where her primary work consisted of computer animation and graphic design. The two married in October of that year.
When the restoration of the structure was near completion, Joe Camera opened its doors to the public on November 13, 2003. Transitioning from photography to printing the Torrey’s business added a coffee house. When asked what inspired you to open the business, Joseph smiles and says, “We opened the business to support our habits.” Dusti, the barista of the business, creates lattes and espresso based drinks to every customer’s liking. She also serves, brewed coffee, hot apple cider, loose-leaf hot tea, Chai tea, Italian cream soda, and smoothies.
Since the genesis of Joe Camera, the Torrey’s have expanded their printing business from film to include digital printing, graphic design, copy work, photo restoration and video transfer. Joe Camera provides color and bla