Camera Corner opened its doors more than a half-century ago, starting with just 800 sq. ft. and two employees, supplementing its growing audio-visual services with greeting-card sales. Today, the third-generation business has expanded to nearly 30,000 sq. ft. and bustles with more than 100 employees ready to handle technological snafus, restore and enlarge photographs, and rent out projector screens for pre-vacation family briefings. The knowledgeable IT workers—who count ten Apple-certified specialists among their ranks—equip clients with computers and technology from all major brands, including products such as the iPad and iPhone, and sweep in to rescue data after crashes or fix keyboards after soda spills. Their photo and video specialists outfit shutterbugs and cinephiles with digital cameras and repair cracked lenses for manufactures such as Sony, Kodak, Canon, and Panasonic. The staff can even help safely dispose of used and broken equipment, collecting old computers, TVs, circuit boards, and cameras for transport to a hazardous waste facility, to ensure old technology doesn’t wind up in landfills or hitchhike its way back home.
The Computer Guy?s team of technophiles fills in the digital pot holes caused by regular use that impede safe and speedy travel upon information superhighways. Obliterate software inefficiencies and accelerate machines to brand-new speeds without the obligation of pricey hardware upgrades or the time spent learning intricate circuit-cleanse dances. The Computer Guy's geeks come to your computing appliance's location within the Green Bay, Appleton, or Oshkosh areas for an hour's therapy, healing infested gizmos of viruses, spyware, and insidious cookies regardless of operating system.
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.
Bergmann's has matched customers with quality appliances, electronics, mattresses, and furniture for more than 40 years. The shop carries major brands, such as Maytag, KitchenAid, Whirlpool, Serta, LG, and Sony, and their expert staff and encyclopedic robot are always on hand to expound on each item's features. In addition to its knowledgeable salespeople, Bergmann's employs technicians with factory training to professionally install and repair appliances.
Badger Window Cleaning?s streak-squelching, clog-unclogging employees buff residential exteriors to a glitteresque sparkle with efficacious window and gutter tending. A sudsy elixir swirls over two-faced windowpanes, relieving exteriors of caked-on dirt and interiors of sonnets penned in crayon or Easy Cheese. The thorough washing crew slides open windows to scrub interior mechanisms and spritzes grungy screens with a duo of specialized solutions. Probing hands remove detritus clogs from gutters and downspouts to ensure the system properly redirects water flow to refill the defensive moats that ward off stray neighborhood pigs. The three- to four-hour service can continue to cover additional square footage for an additional fee, which varies by residence and lawn plushness.
Lloyd's Photo & Digital has been helping customers harvest sweet shutterfruits for more than 50 years and can help bring your lenswork into the digital era. Video-to-DVD conversions take beloved VHS, Hi-8, VHS-C, and DVC and transfer the film to DVD, giving once-inaccessible home movies vibrant new digital life. Transfers are made in real time, and each video is returned attached to its corresponding DVD to eliminate confusion. Pop in to Lloyd?s to talk cameras with owner Todd Kresheck, or stay home and talk popcorn with your portrait of Orville Redenbacher after mailing or shipping your videos to Lloyd's, which will return them promptly.