WICHITA — An anniversary present is part of the inspiration behind River City Retro, a new business Cindi Gentry is opening with photographer Don Birmingham.
When Gentry celebrated her 25th wedding anniversary she wanted to give a picture of herself to her husband as a gift.
“I wanted a photo, but not the boudoir or glamour photo,” Gentry says.
Instead, she chose a pinup shot.
“It sounds funny for a woman to say, but I’ve always loved pinup girls,” Gentry says. “I have books and books of them. I just think they’re beautiful.”
Now, Gentry and Birmingham are opening River City Retro to do pinup shots for other women.
Gentry has collected vintage clothing since she was a teen.
“I just can go to that closet and choose whatever look that I want,” she says.
Gentry says customers can choose every era from the 1920s to the mid-1960s.
“The sky’s the limit.”