ELMHURST— Replace carpet, check for mold, scan family photos.
Following last week's storm, Elmhurst residents have many concerns, and Heather Stalker, owner of Elmhurst Photo Boutique, wants to help in the best way she knows how.
The boutique is offering free scanning of up to 400 photos, a $60 value to all residents of Elmhurst and surrounding communities. Customers only need to pay the cost of the CD or DVD on which the images are saved. Any additional photo scanning or services also are available at a 30-percent discount.
"A lot of people on social media were asking what to do about their pictures," said Stalker. "Yes, they've lost their furniture, their refrigerators and everything else, but you know, their pictures were the things they were the most sad about."
A life-long resident of Elmhurst, Stalker is familiar with previous floods, like those in 2010, and is extending the offer to include any photos that may have been damaged then.
"A lot of people have so much devastation that they're in the middle of cleaning up," said Stalker. "They wouldn't necessarily get to this within the next couple of days."
Certificates for the offer expire May 18 and can be picked up at the boutique, 535 Spring Road.
Even if residents are too busy to bring photos in right away, Stalker says it's most important to lay them face-up to dry. If photos are dirty, gently rinse them in clean water, but be careful not to rub them or place them on printed paper towel because the ink may transfer.
"We were just trying to figure out what could we do in some small way to alleviate some of that pain that [residents] were feeling," Stalker said.
Heather Stalker's father, Richard Rosenberg, opened Elmhurst Photo Boutique 45 years ago. She and her husband have been operating the family business for the past eight years.
"We're invested in the community," she said, "and we just want to make sure that our neighbors, our friends, our customers are all taken care of."
For more information about preserving damaged photos, call Elmhurst Photo Boutique at 630-834-4000.