Falls Church, VA—A unique camera store, Dominion Camera reached a milestone that is rarely achieved in retail brick-and-mortar stores today. The store is celebrating 50 years of service to the Washington, DC, photographic community.
As a celebration for being the oldest camera store in the Washington, DC, metro area and as a thank you to all of their customers, Dominion Camera held a celebratory sale on July 20, 2019. Representatives from Nikon, Canon, Panasonic, Olympus and Sony, among others, were on-site to commemorate the occasion.
Dominion Camera History
The original camera store, Clarendon Photo Studio and Camera, opened in 1944; it was originally located at 2925 Wilson Boulevard in Arlington, Virginia. Tony Socarras bought the store from the original owner and renamed it Dominion Camera on March 24, 1969.
Then in July of 1971, the camera specialty retailer moved to its current location at 112 West Broad Street in the City of Falls Church, replacing Porter Photography and Studio in the same location. In October 2014 at the age of 85, Tony Socarras retired, and Mohsen Jalali and Gary Henry purchased Dominion Camera. The new owners combined it with the 12,000-square-foot mega-store Ace Photo, located in Ashburn, Virginia. As a result, it became the largest and oldest camera store team in the Washington, DC metro area. The two stores today sell cameras and accessories for all segments of the photography and video business, for both the professional and amateur.
Moreover, keeping with their roots, both stores focus on the old-time values of customer service and support. They provide their clients with the feel of an “old time camera store.”
In an era where online sales are becoming more prevalent, the staff of Dominion Camera and Ace Photo remains committed to providing the individualized service that their customers deserve.
Dominion Camera and Ace Photo still have a complete film and processing lab on-site. It can develop film; scan and print photographs and banners up to 64 inches wide; and print on metal, wood and other products.