Santa’s hi-tech toy shop

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For a lot of peo­ple, shop­ping for elec­tron­ics is a lot like shop­ping for toys.

That’s a com­par­i­son that Ginny Me­nard, owner of G&S Techtron­ics, hap­pily em­braces. In fact, she’ll some­times re­fer to her Alexan­dria shop as “Santa’s toy store.”

It’s tongue-in-cheek, of course, since the items she sells there are not just de­signed for recre­ation, they’re de­signed to make our lives eas­ier. Whether it’s a new cell­phone, a new tele­vi­sion or a new com­puter, G&S Techtron­ics can get it for you.

G&S also has the dis­tinc­tion of be­ing the only store in the area that can hook you up with cell phone ser­vice. The next clos­est is Corn­wall.

Al­though cell­phones are big at G&S, Ms. Me­nard says that tablets have also be­come fiercely pop­u­lar.

Of course, she also sells her fair share of com­put­ers. Part of her busi­ness is deal­ing with se­niors who are not com­pletely com­fort­able with this brave new world tech­nol­ogy – all they want is to buy a lap­top so they can use Face­book and other so­cial me­dia to keep in touch with their fam­i­lies.

In sit­u­a­tions like that, Ms. Me­nard is happy to sell them com­put­ers but she also en­cour­ages them to con­tact the Glen­garry Inter-Agency Group, whose man­date in­cludes help­ing se­niors grow more ac­cus­tomed to tech­nol­ogy.

When it comes to younger peo­ple, video games are still in­cred­i­bly pop­u­lar. She says con­sole games are big sell­ers in that age group but she won’t dis­count the PC games just yet. In fact, her store has a couple racks of th­ese “old school” games and, ap­par­ently, some women from Mon­tréal visit the store ev­ery two months just so they can buy some “hid­den ob­ject” games.

G&S Techtron­ics has been in the Me­nard fam­ily for 20 years; it’s been at its cur­rent lo­ca­tion – 117 Main St. S. – for nine. Ms. Me­nard says she’s seen a num­ber of changes over the years, in­clud­ing the grow­ing preva­lence of on­line shop­ping.

“It is huge,” she says of the new phe­nom­e­non. “We have clients who shop at 3 a.m. but they have stuff de­liv­ered to our store.”

Some peo­ple still pre­fer shop­ping the old-fash­ioned way. “They want to come into the store, see the item, and touch it,” she says.

Some shop at 3 a.m. on­line while oth­ers pre­fer the hands-on ap­proach

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