Louisville Magazine

MAY 2019

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bourbonbythebridge.com LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 5.19 49 Resve yr space in the nt issue of Lisville Bride publishing July 2019. For more info email advertising@loumag.com or call 625-0100. Over the years, DiGiovanni has witnessed Rubin's sense of humor on a weekly basis — like the time one of Ru- bin's employees fell asleep at the counter and a customer walked in. "Chuck put his finger to his lips and said, 'Shhh, don't wake my employee,'" DiGiovanni recalls. "You have to have a sense of humor in this store." But DiGiovanni says Rubin's humor is second to his generosity. "He helps out anyone he can," DiGiovanni says. "Buying candy, camera parts, whatever it is they're selling, even if it's things he doesn't really need." is is especially true when it comes to supplying film cameras to photography students in high school or college. Whenever a student buys a camera at Chuck's, they can bring it back for repairs or exchange free of charge. "Without Chuck, film photography may not happen anymore here because he provides them that opportunity," DiGiovanni says. "He does a service to the entire photography community." ree beeps and the front door opens, and a young woman walks in holding a plastic container of chocolate-chip cookies. Michele Korfhage's story is similar to DiGiovanni's, is similar to Bailey's. She bought her first camera, a Pentax K1000, in this store 20 years ago as a photography student at what's now Jefferson Community and Technical College. Now Korfhage owns her own photography business. When I ask why Rubin is so lucky to get cookies, they both grin. Years ago, Korfhage "bought" a lens from him, and he charged her the price of choco- late-chip cookies. He does that some- times — charges people food instead of money — but it's usually apples, and for people he doesn't know. "Its more fun that way," he says. Rubin sits in his chair, eating his cookies. Korfhage pulls up her own chair and they start swiping through pictures on her phone. When I ask if she still buys her photography gear here, she smiles and says, "Of course!" But then she adds, "Oh, I don't come for the stuff though. I come for Chuck. We all come for Chuck." ree beeps and the front door opens. en it opens again. People stream in all Saturday morning long: Freddie, John, Keith, Linda, Doug, another Linda,

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