Newark – Drop your phone? Spill coffee on your laptop? When tech tragedy occurs local residents head to a small nondescript storefront located between Fulton Paper and Game Stop in Newark’s Suburban Plaza Shopping Center.
Where do they go? The small sign out front reads Second Source Computers and Electronics but that doesn’t tell you the whole story. Second Source doesn’t just sell refurbished computers and electronic gadgets; they actually repair your damaged equipment as well.
Frank Boyko, the owner, likes to say “If it has lights and buttons we can fix it” and that motto is truly on full display at Second Source. Every corner of the shop is filled with unique printers, laptops, flat screens and that’s just for starters.
In addition to all of the late model refurbished electronics that line the store’s shelves you just might find the missing piece to your 1983 Sega gaming console.
Yep, that’s right Boyko has some old school stuff laying around the store as well. Even kids in their forties are struck with nostalgia when they see the old gaming systems from yesteryear and the several full size arcade cabinets in for repair.
Boyko said that he buys, sells and trades electronics but his focus is on repairing the customers damaged equipment. ‘Each repair is personal”, Boyko added.
Another great feature of the store is their recycling program. With a few exceptions residents can drop off old computers for free, Boyko said.
Although there are a few other place that do similar work, Boyko’s location and his personal touch seem to be the key to his success.
Second Source opened the doors to the Suburban Plaza shop in 2013 as it moved from its long time Newark Shopping Center location, according to Boyko.
And yes, if you’re wondering, Frank has been known to add a few credits to his arcade game for his customer’s enjoyment.
We first ran this story on March 9, 2017