Movin’ on up

August 17, 2012 · 2 comments

Yeah, we’re movin’ on up. Well…North by about 50 feet or so. And across the street.

LaVere Media started business in a small office in Elmira’s then-newly minted “Strathmont Plaza” in the heart of the Elmira’s Downtown Business District. We were one of the first tenants in the current incarnation of the building, which has been through a number of changes in its long history. In the intervening 8 years, we have occupied offices on the second and third floors, the lower level, and finally settled into our current space on the corner of the building. The space and the visibility it affords us have both been fantastic.

But the time has come to once again expand, and with that comes some other changes in the focus of the business. When LaVere Media first started, it was with the intention of providing design services and video production (including website design). As the needs of our customers changed, so did we. We added “transfer services”, copying films and video to DVD, dropped the website design, and added photography services. We now serve a broad cross-section of businesses and consumers, providing video and photography services to clients ranging from sports teams and dance studios to large multi-national corporations. We were one of the first studios in the area to offer pet photography as a core service, and we have a growing business in senior portraits as well as weddings.

Still, some things have changed. As we’ve grown, we’ve outgrown our current studio space. The volume of work that’s coming in is overwhelming our current work area. In short, we need a little elbow room.

So in November, LaVere Media will relaunch the business in new space in Downtown Elmira’s “Midtown Building”, next to First Arena at 111 North Main Street. It’s a short move, but a big one. Here are some of the changes our customers will notice right away:

An improved lobby and greeting area. We’ll have a better area to receive customer orders with higher efficiency.
A larger studio space with higher ceilings for more lighting flexibility, and room for larger groups.
Better access for people with disabilities—no more steps.

But perhaps the biggest change will be the addition of an all-new gallery space, where we’ll not only sell our own artwork and photography, but also artwork and photography from artists around the region. Our plan is to have a featured artist every month. The gallery space will be open to the public during our regular business hours.

We’ve already made changes to our photo and video services as well, lowering the prices of our portrait packages, and developing a special package for senior photos that has proven to be wildly popular. Our wedding photography package has been simplified to include one all-inclusive price—there’s no more confusing tiered pricing.

With this move, we’ll also be able to better serve our “transfer services” customers with faster, more efficient turnaround times, while continuing our commitment to keeping all the work local—your films and DVDs never leave our studio until you pick them up.

We’re excited about this move. Equally important, we’re happy to make this commitment to staying in Downtown Elmira. As we leave Strathmont Plaza, it’s good to note that when we arrived, there were three tenants in the building. Today, it’s home to a dozen thriving businesses. Water Street and Main Street have both seen a number of new businesses take root. This city is dynamic and ever-changing. We’re thrilled to be a part of it.

We’ll have more news as time goes on. Thanks to everyone that has helped us grow and make this move not only necessary, but possible. We can’t wait to work with you again!

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SQ August 17, 2012 at 1:55 pm

George Jefferson would be proud! :)

Best wishes for continued success.

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Harry Bussey August 17, 2012 at 2:06 pm

Congratulations, Rich and Company! Glad your hard work continues to pay off! Wishing you continued great success!

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