3 of 50
Auburn, AL
Auburn, AL
Pam Powers-Smith

My husband and I started this photography business in 1998 in Auburn, Opelika's sister city. We started small, renting a space, but then looked to buy a building. When we saw the one in Opelika, we fell in love with it. We rented for a couple years then moved up the walk a few stores and bought the building. We love it so much we live upstairs.

There are a lot of great little businesses on this renovated street. There are gift shops and a great consignment shop. People are proud to live here and are faithful to downtown. They shop locally.

Right now we have three full time employees and about 20 contractors. We shoot everything, all over the world. We do weddings and portraits and some agency work. My husband's the photographer -- that's all he's ever done. We were one of the first photographers in Alabama to go digital.

The numbers really benefit us. It only takes one college student to find the shop and spread the word. And a lot of professors prefer to live in Opelika -- it's more adult friendly and the college students aren't everywhere. Our school system benefits because the Auburn folks put their kids into our schools.

Business has been very good. We've grown every year since 1998. -Barbara Darrow

See complete data for Auburn, AL

NEXT: Austin, TX

Email | Print | Share  |  RSS
google my aol my msn my yahoo! netvibes
Paste this link into your favorite RSS desktop reader
See all CNNMoney.com RSS FEEDS (close)
LAST UPDATE: Oct 20 2009 | 9:39 AM ET
Best launch spots: See all 50 Growing economies, great workers, stable housing markets -- these metro areas have what entrepreneurs need to thrive. More
Tax havensWant to keep more of your profits? Check out these 5 states, where taxes are low -- and in some cases, nonexistent. More
5 deadly spots Every restaurateur knows about Cursed Locations. Here's a look at 4 trying to break the streak -- and one that failed. More

Most stock quote data provided by BATS. Market indices are shown in real time, except for the DJIA, which is delayed by two minutes. All times are ET. Disclaimer. Morningstar: © 2018 Morningstar, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Factset: FactSet Research Systems Inc. 2018. All rights reserved. Chicago Mercantile Association: Certain market data is the property of Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. and its licensors. All rights reserved. Dow Jones: The Dow Jones branded indices are proprietary to and are calculated, distributed and marketed by DJI Opco, a subsidiary of S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC and have been licensed for use to S&P Opco, LLC and CNN. Standard & Poor's and S&P are registered trademarks of Standard & Poor's Financial Services LLC and Dow Jones is a registered trademark of Dow Jones Trademark Holdings LLC. All content of the Dow Jones branded indices © S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC 2018 and/or its affiliates.