By Anna Lothson
A new computer store is looking to make its mark in Oak Park.
As soon as early September, the vacant spot at 1010 North Blvd. will become Every Last Byte, a computer store that offers retail sales and various custom services.
Oak Parker Adrianne Roach and her brother, Jon Lacey, are the masterminds behind the shop that Roach hopes will offer her neighbors another venue for computer assistance. Every Last Byte, however, offers a few unique products that can't be found nearby they say.
The store will offer a select number of traditional Dell and Neovo PCs, but it will also allow customers to order computers custom-made by Roach and Lacey that will be constructed with a majority of earth-friendly products.
Roach said that, traditionally, computers are made with materials that are extremely toxic, containing cadmium, lead and mercury, and are assembled at big-box stores that focus on quantity over quality. At her store, the focus will be on better-built computers that use less harmful, low-energy materials, made with parts that will last longer.
"We're hoping to be on the cutting edge," Roach said. "I think there is an increasing demand, especially in Oak Park.
Choosing Oak Park for the location was easy since they received much support from the village, Roach said. She's called it home for 15 years and couldn't be more excited to join the local business community.
Roach and her brother have been running the business since 2004, by appointment only. Having a store will allow the duo to make their products more visible in the community. She hopes it will also remind people that retail service can be customer-friendly and informative. Roach is a trained network engineer and her brother is a network and computer science expert.
At Every Last Byte customers will be able to bring in computers to have them checked for viruses at free computer clinics and have consultations about the best steps for repair. Customers can also expect to get one-on-one attention when it comes to picking a custom-made computer.
It was announced earlier this month that a MacSpecialist store will be joining Oak Park, and Roach said she's pleased to have the neighbor since the two businesses can provide comprehensive coverage in the Oak Park area.