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No device goes unfixed at Back In The Game, a repair hub for game consoles, phones, and other tech gear. The shop's services are many, from repairing frozen Xbox 360s to replacing cracked screens on iPhones and iPads. The team also handles scratched DVDs and can teach Playstation 2s how to read disks again after a long summer vacation. And those looking for new and refurbished goods can turn to Back In The Game's stock of consoles, laptops, and accessories.
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uBreakiFix CEO Justin Wetherill spoke with Groupon about the importance of protecting your smartphone and the challenges of fixing a phone that has been dropped into a deep fryer.
On the worst thing you can do after cracking your smartphone?s glass screen
?Don?t just put it into your pocket and continue to use it,? Wetherill says. The broken glass can actually cause serious damage to the phone?s inner components and turn a relatively simple fix into a costly repair job.
On the repair process
"Look, this is something we do every day," Wetherill says. "You are not the first person to break a phone.? Collectively, uBreakiFix's highly trained technicians repair more than 20,000 devices a month, drawing from a library of high-quality parts that are tested twice before they ever get used in a repair service. Free diagnostics are a staple at all uBreakiFix locations, so customers understand the problem before any work is done.
On growing his business
uBreakiFix began as a business based out of Wetherill?s living room, and it now boasts more than 60 locations nationwide. ?We are proof that the American dream is alive,? he says.
On unusual repair jobs
Wetherill remembers one fast-food employee who dropped her phone into a restaurant?s deep fryer. ?It smelled pretty bad,? he said; however, the repairs were successful. Another customer lost his phone in a cement mixer. After some serious effort, the technicians were able to safely recover all of the important data, but the phone died a few hours later. As Wetherill pointed out, ?it did go through a cement mixer.? Some miracles just aren?t meant to be.
On the importance of a one-day turnaround time
Repairs at uBreakiFix?s store locations can often take as little as an hour, according to Wetherill. This is a critical part of the shops' focus?something Wetherill personally understands. If forced to choose between spending the weekend without his smartphone or his left arm, he jokes that he would pick the arm. ?Of course, this is assuming that there wouldn?t be any pain,? he laughs.
Though Spanish is the predominant language in the kitchen at La Catedral Cafe, under new management since January of 2012, the restaurant's eclectic cuisine translates to any palate. The menu is rife with American sandwiches, Mexican entrees, and breakfast dishes that fuse the two, but somehow without the use of magnets. It also adapts these flavors to the dietary practices of vegans and vegetarian diners. Ornate rounded tables dot the rustic dining room, where ceiling fans lazily loop above sunbaked decor that evokes a high-end south-of-the-border hot spot.