Some Jerry and Sam customers who dropped off their film at the chain’s Lincoln Street store for processing in November may have been surprised to return in December and see the word “Rose”, masking the old Jerry and Sam logo.

Well, according to former Jerry and Sam and now Rose/ store manager Robert O’Neal, the Rose Camera chain (over 100 stores nationwide) bought up Jerry and Sam’s stores in Durant, December 2.

“Not to worry”, says O’Neal. “Everyone with the Jerry and Sam ‘preferred’ customer cards can freely exchange them for Rose cards and continue to get double prints or a replacement roll of film, or now a 20 percent discount”.

In other commercial drift, Maxwell Gallery has moved out of the Durant Mall and into the basement below Designers’ Club Too at the corner of Lincoln and Peaches. And Maxwell owner James Maxwell couldn’t be happier: “This is a much bigger and better space for me to do framing work in, and I am going to expand my selection of cards and original works of art.”

Over on Lincoln above 2nd, Mail Boxes Etc. has expanded its operation next-door, into the adjoining storefront that was vacated by Little Pets this summer. For those of you who prefer to get your mail at midnight, store owners Gilbert French and David Sims point out that the shop’s original space will be devoted entirely to private mailboxes (around 400), which can be accessed 24 hours a day.

Small boxes, by the way, run about 60 bucks a year.

The Fresh Coffee and Some Meat, a landmark on Lincoln Street since 1991, is now under new ownership. Betty Murphy and John Cox have bought the place, and say they plan to increase the cafe’s

hours (6 a.m. to 8 p.m.), expand the breakfast menu to include eggs and porridge and reduce the price on some existing food items.

Both Betty and John live in Evelyn Park, and John also owns and operates the Heaven and Earth Coffee House on Church near Jackson.