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Medina shop to sell, repair computers

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    Owner Riz Saliba, right, and his girlfriend, Jen Knapp, have opened RizTech at 215 S. Court St., Medina. The computer store's grand opening will be Feb. 23.

    BOB FINNAN / GAZETTE

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MEDINA — After a total restoration, RizTech Computer Sales, Repair and More has opened its doors.

RizTech, 215 S. Court St., Medina, has leased the space where Rustic & Refined had previously been located. Its grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony will be 3 p.m. Feb. 23.

Owner Riz Saliba and girlfriend Jen Knapp tore up the carpeting, put in new hardwood flooring and added shelves to display an array of new and used laptops. Saliba said there are laptops being sold from $79 to almost $1,000.

“We are selling Macs and PCs,” he said. “That’s what sets us apart from most people. We are also fixing computers. We have refurbished and new ones. We have access to about anything.”

Saliba lives in North Olmsted and Knapp in Akron.

“We fell in love in Medina,” Knapp said.

Saliba said more and more people want laptops, but he also offers desktops.

“The gamers like desktops,” he said.

He said he also has a large range of mouses and other equipment for computers. Knapp wants to sell jewelry in the store. Saliba designed a lamp that was made out of galvanized pipes (leftover from his shelves) that has an electric socket to plug in smart phones. It sells for $129.

“We’re doing mostly repairs right now,” Knapp said. “We’re not really open yet. This is a soft opening. It’s an affordable place to fix tech (products).”

The other shop owners on the square have told them this is the slow time of the year. The foot traffic will pick up when the weather gets warmer.

Their plan is to be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. During the upcoming Medina Ice Festival Feb. 16-19, they plan on being open on Sunday, Feb. 18.

Saliba formerly worked at SpaceBound Inc., in LaGrange.

Their dogs, Jack, a Schnoodle, and Ellie, a Labradoodle, also come to work with them. Ellie likes to play hide-and-seek.

Knapp said they have critical thinking STEM, STEAM and STREAM games for gifted kids.

“So they won’t just sit in front of an iPad,” she said. “It’s for future developers.”

Saliba has four daughters from a previous marriage and Knapp has a boy and a girl.

“It’s like the Brady Bunch,” Knapp said.

Saliba has a background in software and purchasing tech supplies.

Knapp said they plan to add security items, as well, like nanny cams, home cams, dash cams and home surveillance.

“We’re here to stay,” Saliba said.

Contact reporter Bob Finnan at (330) 721-4049 or rfinnan@medina-gazette.com.

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