what's new review / 9 What’s New Review Photo Booth Studios 9 Highland Place Maplewood 973-762-6463 carlsphotobooth.com Carl Ellis had his eye on opening a photography studio ever since he moved to Maplewood five years ago. He had the expertise: a BFA in pho- tography, a minor in art history and a career as director of print production at McCann Erickson, a worldwide advertis- ing agency. Making the move just a year ago, Ellis has created a studio that is more than just a place for great portraits – think head shots, senior portraits and holiday photos. The studio also provides custom printing for local artists, digital photo printing and photo editing, retouching and restora- tion (you wouldn't believe what he can reclaim). Ellis also photographs events and teaches summer photo boot camp. Sew Leana 513A Valley Street Maplewood sewleana.com Sewing is a skill that many people have either lost or never learned. Léana Lu is changing that with her aptly-named busi- ness, Sew Leana. Lu comes to her business having had a career in bridalwear. After a decade or so, she found herself burned out, switched to teaching ESL and eventually started a family. A constant throughout were the many requests she fielded for sewing. Sensing an opportunity to merge her two passions, she started teaching sewing classes for adults and children out of her home. They proved so popular that a year ago she moved her busi- ness to Valley Street in Maplewood and added after-school programs, camp, an adult social sew, a quilting class, and various workshops. Men and women alike take her classes. She credits Instagram and the DIY culture for the resurgence of interest in sewing. Her vision for the future? Lu would love nothing more than to someday own a one-stop shop that houses a fabric shop, dye lot and class space. What’s New Review showcases new businesses in Maplewood and South Orange. For details, please contact MattersHello@gmail.com. WE SELL OUR HOMES FOR MORE MONEY THAN THE AVERAGE AGENT AND IN LESS THAN HALF THE AVERAGE TIME.* Mark Slade Homes Team o 973.762.5400 | c 917.797.5059 Sladehomes@gmail.com | sladeblog.com www.goodhomesforgoodpeople.com each office independently owned and operated *as calculated using stats pulled from the GSMLS