Santa’s hi-tech toy shop
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