The MacShop and the iShop
6033 Odana Rd., 270-4444
10 am-6 pm Mon.-Fri., 11 am-3 pm Sat., closed Sun.
I'll refrain from being a Mac snob and simply tell you how cool the MacShop and its sister store next door, the iShop, are. Dedicated solely to Apple and iPod users, the stores have all the techie accessories you and everyone on your gift list dream about, and then some.
Now, these stores are not part of a chain. They are locally owned and operated by Jonathan Neese, Sara Boerema and Dave Weston. 'We are an Apple-authorized store and Apple-specialist certified,' explains Neese. 'It's a higher designation than a chain computer store carries. It means a customer has access to consulting, training and servicing, as well as sales.'
So: Purchase a new computer at the MacShop, and you've got a built-in go-to service person right here in town. Or rock out at the iShop (which until last week was called the PodShop), where the Nano, the Shuffle and whatever new digital player Apple will surely market next week all share shelf space with a kick-ass assortment of streamlined speakers, docking stations and headphones.
From the MacShop: It's time to transfer your old attempts at creative writing from that ancient SE30 onto a new, 13-inch MacBook, with a built-in iSight camera that will totally kick-start your MySpace.com listing (starting at $1,099); and up the ampage with SoundSticks II, an ultra-mod satellite speaker set from Harman Kardon ($180).
From the iShop: Even if you can't dance like they do on the commercial, the sleek new eight-gigabyte iPod Nano, in black, might just be enough to boost your 'groovy' factor ($249); and something I know I won't be hitting the slopes without this winter ' the Sport Command from Belkin, a wireless control armband that lets you keep an iPod inside your jacket, protected from the elements ($80).