Long-tanding family business Snapshot is Hamilton Central’s Business of the Year for 2016.
The specialist camera store which has been in the Boswell family since 1946 won MEDIAWORKS Business of the Year at Hamilton Central Business Association’s awards evening at Sky City Casino.
Runner-up was oral and maxillofacial specialist Anglesea OMS while premium shoe store Mi Piachi was highly commended.
Graham Boswell who with wife Jill owns Snapshot said he was “blown away” by the award and had no speech written because he hadn’t expected to be on the stage.
He described how two to three years ago he and the family felt they had outgrown their existing shop which was getting a bit dated and crammed. Graham says when they planned their move they never considered going anywhere outside the CBD.
“It was a no brainer, we wanted to stay in the CBD which has been absolutely brilliant to us over the years. We didn’t even look anywhere else.”
They moved to a new “shiny” store, also on Victoria St which is more than four times the size, added space for picture framing, a studio, tuition and a coffee shop “and we love it to death”.
“When we sell something we say that’s the beginning of an adventure with that customer. We want them to come back time after time. If we can enthuse them to use the equipment to take better pictures to record memories of their family that will last for generations, we feel good about that.”
Graham was of many speakers at the awards who paid tribute to the work of Hamilton Central general manager Sandy Turner who is leaving the association after five years at the helm.
Snapshot also won the ASB Lifestyle and Wellbeing Award.