Café Obscura has opened their doors! Sudbury's newest coffee shop is drawing in a unique crowd, and it's not just for the delicious coffee. The shop is a one-of-a-kind print and film development store. That's right, FILM! What we once thought was a near obsolete craft has been making a resurgence over the last few years. Film sales have seen a slight increase as millennials and former film photographers gravitate towards using older cameras and developing their own film. A new light has been shed into darkrooms and black and white prints are back in style. As a former darkroom gal myself, there's something so serene, and rewarding spending hours printing your own photos.
Owner and photographer, David Wiewel opened the shop this month and has been thrilled with the success of the café over the first few weeks. Film enthusiasts have come out of the woodwork, customers have been bringing in long lost rolls of film they figured would never be developed, and curious residents have been stopping in to see the impressive collection of old cameras on display and for sale. David develops each and every roll himself, and has been pulling late shifts attending to the back log of film. He's also managing the café solo for now but is considering hiring a barista and front counter staff in the near future.
Situated at the corner of College and Elm Street, the café is spacious with loads of character. Vintage seating and wooden tables make for a cozy (and photo-worthy) place to enjoy your cup o' jo and catch up on the latest news. Serving up Sudbury's locally roasted Old Rock Coffee and freshly made soup and sandwiches by Beards Bakery and Pinchmans, there's something for everyone to fill up on at lunch and snack time. Patrons can wash down their meal with a glass of our kombucha as the café now pours kombucha on tap (cue happy dance!). Offering two flavours of our draught kombucha and four flavours in bottles, Café Obscura marks our third fill station, adding to the local flare and small business support of the shop.
Open Monday to Friday from 8am until 6pm and on Saturday from 10am until 4 pm, head on over to Café Obscura to check out one of very few analog film and development stores in North America. A rare gem!
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