CARROLLWOOD — Re-Tech Smartphone Centers launched its expansion into the Tampa market with the Monday opening of its Carrollwood store — the third for the Gainesville company.
Mike Vorce partnered with Tully McQueen four years ago to start Re-Tech after he damaged his BlackBerry phone and realized there was no quick and easy way to get it fixed.
"People rely on their phones so much these days. They really can't be without them for long periods of time," Vorce said.
Re-Tech was designed to be a one-stop shop for smartphone, tablet and iPod service and repair. It stocks replacement glass and parts for common models, so most repairs can be done in two hours or less. Re-Tech also specializes in unlocking, jailbreaking (modification of iPhone firmware) and data recovery.
The store offers prepaid wireless plans and carries thousands of off-contract phones. Customers can also sell their devices for cash or trade them for an upgrade or store credit.
In addition, the 5,000 square-foot store carries an extensive selection of accessories, including cases, chargers, screen protectors, car mounts and batteries. Customers are allowed to try cases out before they buy, and the staff can take on the tricky task of applying screen protectors.
"We are really customer service oriented," Vorce said.
Re-Tech is at 14444 N Dale Mabry Highway. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays. A grand opening is scheduled for Aug. 14. For more information, call (813) 518-8858 or visit re-tech.com.
RareHues seeks to redefine antiquing
RareHues, a modern vintage market, is now open for business in Carrollwood. And response to the store has far exceeded owner Jen Carreno's expectations.
"There has been such an absolutely overwhelming positive reaction. One customer even brought us pastries as a thank-you for bringing a store like this to the area," Carreno said.
Carreno set out to redefine antiquing in the 21st century. The 10,000-square-foot space houses an inviting mix of old and new items artfully arranged in cozy vignettes. Visitors can peruse art, accessories and unique home furnishings from area retailers, antique dealers and craftsmen. There is also a design center at the store featuring vintage-inspired pieces that can be custom ordered. Gallery spaces flank the entryway and will showcase works from area artists beginning in August. There will even be a coffee shop, complete with drive-through, later this year.
RareHues is at 10005 N Dale Mabry Highway, at the corner of Linebaugh Avenue. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. It is closed Mondays. For more information, call (813) 313-6540 or visit rarehues.com.
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