OLD KISLIN’S SPACE TO GET PORTRAIT STUDIO

One-third of the ground-floor at 8 East Front Street has been leased to Kramer Portraits. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Four months after LoBoudoir Photography sexed-up a long-vacant Red Bank space, the former Kislin’s sporting goods store diagonally across East Front Street is also about to get a photo studio.

Kramer Portraits, which for the past 10 years has occupied a narrow storefront next door to the Jade Garden take-out Chinese place on Broad Street, plans to relocate to 8 East Front next month, studio manager Ed O’Malley tells redbankgreen‘s Retail Churn.

Kramer Portraits is leaving the storefront it has occupied for the past decade. (Click to enlarge)

Kramer could hardly be farther away on the photo spectrum from LoBoudoir, which specializes saucy shots of average women and complements a wedding photography business under the same umbrella.

Kramer, by contrast, specializes in formal “photographic quality” and “painter quality” portraits of full dressed individuals and families. Passersby may recognize Kramer as the shop that occasionally has among its window displays a large portrait of former Yankee’s manager Joe Torre.

The studio’s move, triggered by a need for more space and, frankly, a second restroom, according to O’Malley, will give Kramer 2,500 square feet, about one-third the space available at the new address.

Kramer expects to make the move in mid-March, O’Malley said.

Kislin’s, a family-owned sporting-goods retailer that counted Katherine Hepburn and Bruce Springsteen among its customers, did business in town for a century before closing in 2005. The upper two floors were converted to apartments, but the retail space at ground level has gone begging for tenants ever since.