>Former store employee takes over as owner
Feb. 20, 2002 -- Katrina Dubisar has recently gone from employee to owner of Snap Shots 1-Hour Photo.
Dubisar -- who at 22 is the youngest business owner in downtown Madras, if not the entire county -- purchased Snap Shots from Shannan and Tony Ahern, who opened the 191 SE 5th St. shop in August, 1997. Dubisar, who has been working at Snap Shots for more than three years, took ownership on Feb. 1.
"It's a little stressful but in general it's been great," Katrina said about owning and operating the business. "The customers are very nice."
The photo lab will be a family operation, noted Dubisar. Her sister Charity will be a primary employee and Cindy, her mom, will also contribute. Jessi Fuentes is also a part-time employee.
Snap Shots is the only one-hour photo service in Jefferson County. They also provide custom print services, and if they can't do it on-site, they can outlab most anything to do with photographic output. Snap Shots also has a Kodak PictureMaker machine, which can make reprints from existing photos, slides, negatives and various digital input. The machine can also customize prints to include borders and text.
The shop also sells film, frames and albums.
Dubisar said the business will continue to provide fast, friendly, quality service. As for improvements, she plans on adding passport and immigration photo services within a few weeks.
Shannan Ahern said she decided to sell the business basically because "it was time to do something else."
"We opened Snap Shots because there wasn't a one-hour photo store in town, and we thought it would be a good business opportunity," said Ahern. "Our plan was to get the business solidly established then put it on the market.
"Katrina has been great to work with, and we're very happy she's taking it over. The shop's in good hands," said Ahern.
Shannan said her plans are possibly finishing her college degree or teaching more dance classes for High Desert Dance Arts in Madras.
Snap Shots is open from 9 to 6 Monday through Friday, and 10 to a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Their phone number is 475-3805.