cafe mama

entering the mind of the married mom

quick stop photo . the weekly plug . march 27 . 2006

When I first saw the cheesy stop sign logo at Quick Stop Photo (415 SW Washington, Portland, Oregon 97204), I dismissed the place as an outlet for the artless one-hour consumer. But I was working nearby and a colleague got her photos developed there - I thought, why not try? Actually, her photos looked pretty cool and I knew my budget couldn't support going to the professional place I'd been checking out a few blocks away.

There were so many options on their little processing envelope! I quickly fell in love with getting my photos in matt finish (did you know? it's "matt" not "matte"?), with borders, and in the tiny and cheaper 3x5-inch prints. And since I needed the digital version, I started ordering CDs.

For $12-$16 per roll, I get the most gorgeous photos complete with a CD of 6.0-megapixel digital files. Quick Stop typically does a flawless job of developing my photos and does fast work of the scanning. Of course I like the people best. They remember what I like, they're nice to my husband when I send him on photo errands, and they always give me the most expensive role free when I've achieved the requisite 10 punches on my card. They never print my screwups, saving me a little cash, and they're always done on time.

The only thing I don't like: their location. Now that I don't work nearby, it's always a pain to find parking downtown around 5th and Washington. Especially when I'm just barely making it by 6 p.m. (closing time on weekdays) or 4 p.m. (Saturdays). And when have I been early for anything? Not this procrasti-mama.

While Quick Stop Photo has, like any business, the occasional screw-up, they're always eager to fix it. Once five or six roles were printed without borders, and the photo finisher on duty ran them back through the machine immediately; within 10 minutes I was on my way with properly-bordered photos. I'm a fan and you can bet I'll continue to drop a large portion of my unreimbursed business expenses in their lab.