Jeff Green | Feb 05, 2009
Back to HomeFeature Article - February 5, 2009 A new move for Verona computer storeBy Julie Druker
Colin Bowe, owner of LINCAN'S Verona Computer StoreLong time computer solutions businessman Colin Bowe of Sandhurst, near Bath, has relocated his computer store a few doors down from its original location on Highway 38 in Verona.
Though the move was not far, it is a big and exciting step forward for Bowe, who has been involved in the computer hardware and software business for close to a decade and a half.
Bowe was originally a silent partner in the business, but purchased Verona Computer and Satellite over a year and half ago with the help of his existing company LINCAN Inc. He also purchased the residential property which is the store’s new home. Bowe opened for business in his new location on Monday Feb. the 3rd after two especially busy weeks during which prepared the interior space and moved in all of his inventory. Technically a division of LINCAN Inc., an already existing business which Bowe opened in Kingston in 2001, the new LINCAN’s Verona Computer Store will continue to offer all of the computer products and services it has been previously offering to the local community.
These include new and used computers and laptops, on and off site repairs, upgrades, web hosting, networking and wiring. Long time employee Chad Newell will continue to work alongside Bowe in the store's new location.
Bowe has been offering open source solutions for small businesses, specifically the LINUX operating system and other open source software. He is a firm believer in the benefits of open source software and the LINUX operating system in particular and insists, “It’s more secure, more stable and it’s free.” He explained, “Because there are so many people looking at it (LINUX) and using it, it’s very stable and secure. It’s not like Windows. More eyes looking at it find more problems.”
Bowe is also a believer in keeping the world green and will run his business accordingly. “Most people don’t need half of the computer that they buy. With the economy the way it is now I’m going to be offering a lot of used computers. There’s a lot of used hardware with a lot of life still in it at economical prices.”
Repairs are a big part of the service that Bowe will continue to offer at the new Verona location, saving many frustrated computer owners the long trip into Kingston. He explained, “I find that a lot of people consider their computer broken when it slows down but it’s really just Windows getting cluttered up. They pick up viruses. Often there’s not much wrong with the computer, its just running really slow.”
As of Monday there are still some things that need tending to, and like most small business owners Bowe is doing everything that he can possibly do himself. Exhausted but excited, he heads off fueled by a few cups of coffee and the determination it takes to make a small business succeed.
It is great to know there is still a local shop nearby that can meet all of our computor needs..
LINCAN'S Verona Computer Store is located at 6772 Hwy 38 across from Mom's restaurant. They are open Monday -Friday from 10am-6 pm and the number is 613-372-3253.