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When Religion is Retail
Holy shit! That’s what I thought the first time I walked into this place.

I’m not particularly religious though I can’t help but relate to the craftsmanship that goes into each piece I saw at this religious supplies emporium.

Dan Stemper (first image) and his brothers — John, Joe, Peter and Jim — run the place their grandfather opened in 1911. These guys are the third generation. But it didn’t always look like it’d work that way. Each of the brothers first pursued another line of work. Dan was an accountant, Jim a mason, and so on. Eventually each found his way into the family’s business.

Will their kids take the helm some day? Not a chance, says Dan. His son works for Google.

(Coincidentally, their shop’s near this guy’s place.)

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Adam Ryan MorrisI'm more than a photographer and director. I'm a problem solver. An ideator. I've never met a creative challenge I didn't like. I'm curious about places, things and ― most of all ― people. I find them fascinating. Their interests, their passions, their dreams. I'm a storyteller. Which I always have been. From working with newspapers and magazines to corporations and creative agencies ― using my ideas to make their ideas come to life. Whether working with real people or hired talent, I create well-crafted visual solutions that conjure questions, rattle hearts, evoke laughter, and sometimes even prompt tears. My experiences have taught me to work under tight deadlines, to stay cool under pressure, to focus on the tiniest of details with an eye on the bigger picture, and to collaborate well with others.

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