COSTA MESA — There's not much left on the stockroom shelves of Cal's Cameras & Video except for decades-old boxes of glass slides, now considered relics in this era of digital photography.
The store at 1770 Newport Blvd. once boasted an inventory of more than 1 million units, overflowing with photographic paper, film and developing supplies, and annual sales of about $10 million, said Cal's founder, Cal Stilley, 87.
"The wall used to [be] full of all types of photographic paper and chemicals," he said of his showroom's far wall, which is now lined by two digital print stations. "There were no holes on [the] shelves anywhere."
Cal's, which opened in 1962 and settled into its current location in the mid-70s, is closing next month after 49 years.
"On one hand, we're sad, but on the other hand, we're very happy," said Stilley's son, Mark Stilley, 63, who oversees the business' daily operations. "It's been a long, good run. The business has been good to the entire family, and we couldn't be any more grateful."