Staci Gumpenberger said her passion for preserving memories was fueled by a tragic event at age 7 in which her house, personal belongings, photos and childhood memories were burned.

The specifics

Gumpenberger said the tragedy that took her physical childhood memories away gave her the inspiration to start digital studio New Nostalgia in April 2022 with her daughter Alyssa Barrington to prevent others from losing important memories.

New Nostalgia offers restoration, enhancement and editing services for videos, photos and audio. This gives customers the opportunity to convert physical memories and outdated forms of media into modernized digital formats that can be preserved.

“The studio allows older photos to go from your physical hands into your phone and onto a digital platform where you can easily share it with your friends and family,” Barrington said.

Barrington said New Nostalgia also keeps customers' media saved on its cloud in case media needs to be accessed by customers in the future.

“Once it's digitized with us, it's here forever,” she said.

Diving in deeper

Barrington said New Nostalgia provides photo restoration services edited with Photoshop as well as tape repairs due to mold or cuts. New Nostalgia works with a variety of media forms, including VHS, VHS-C, MiniDV, Hi8, Digital 8, Betamax, 8 mm video cassettes and Micro-MV.

Once the digitizing process is complete, New Nostalgia returns the original media and the chosen digital media, including a thumb drive, a DVD and a free digital download through its app.

Clients can stop by the studio to drop off their media or use the studio’s website to set up a pickup or delivery plan if they are local.

“Once a customer walks in the door, they're family. Customers don't have to mail their precious memories off anywhere. They can just drop them off here and to ensure security,” Gumpenberger said.

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