December 18, 2014

THE HUB: LeZot Camera Repair moving to Williston

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Williston resident Vincent Lizotte is set to move his camera repair business, LeZot Camera Repair, from its longtime Burlington location to a new storefront in the Williston Village. (Observer courtesy photo).

Williston resident Vincent Lizotte is set to move his camera repair business, LeZot Camera Repair, from its longtime Burlington location to a new storefront in the Williston Village. (Observer courtesy photo).

By Matt Sutkoski

Observer correspondent

LeZot camera repair, a fixture in downtown Burlington for more than three decades, is set to become a fixture in Williston by April, said business owner Vincent Lizotte.

Lizotte said customers have long complained it’s a chore to get into downtown Burlington if they are in a rush to drop off camera equipment for repairs. Burlington is fine as a destination for shopping or dining, but not so much for quick errands, he said. “Running a business in Burlington is so difficult with parking,” he said.

He hopes the new location, at 8016 Williston Road in Williston Village will be more convenient.

Two entities of LeZot split about a dozen years ago. The retail side, no longer owned by Lizotte, will stay in Burlington, while the piece Lizotte does own, the repair business, will move to Williston.

Once in Williston, Lizotte, 60, said he plans to add some retail to the mix, but his main focus will remain camera repair.

“We will do some retail, like photo restoration,” Lizotte said.

Like most camera repair shops nowadays, the vast majority of Lizotte’s business is repair and servicing of digital equipment.

“We repair all the newer cameras,” he said. He’s been on the National Board of Directors of the Society of Photo Technologists for many years and frequently attends training seminars, so he said he’s well-versed in digital camera repairs.

However, he has been in business for 36 years, and LeZot is one of a dwindling number of repair shops that can handle “old school” goods, like slide projectors and film cameras. People send in old style cameras, slide projectors and other equipment from all over the nation for repairs at LeZot, he said. He said he can repair anything made from the 1950s to today.

A surprising number of people haven’t made the switch to digital photography.

“People like the medium they’re comfortable with,” Lizotte said. And large numbers of people still have old Kodak slide projectors. The trays holding the slides can get persnickety, and LeZot is one of a shrinking number of outlets that can repair them.

Lizotte said he is adept at repairing pretty much any brand of camera equipment.

LeZot will occupy the building where Sweet Grass Gallery & Gifts is located. The ground floor of the building is now divided into two retail spaces. Sweet Grass will remain where it is, and LeZot will take over the other side, with its entrance on the eastern side of the building, Lizotte said.

There’s one more benefit of the LeZot move, at least for Lizotte. He lives on Oak Hill Road, just a mile from the new LeZot location, so the commute won’t be tough, he said.

Lizotte said he’s been getting the Williston space ready on weekends and evenings, and will be ready to open around April 1.

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