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New Businesses: Customize Your iPhone, Target is Back

Get your phone fixed and eat at the latest kosher sushi place in town.

With the number of people who own multiple computers and electronic gadgets constantly on the rise, the need for quick, reliable service at a fair price has also increased. Electronics engineer and designer Billy Kure decided to meet that need with iKure, his new repair shop in Hewlett.

The store specializes in customizing and repairing Apple computers and touch-screen products, such as the iMac, iPod, iPad and iPhone. Although Apple products are Kure’s area of expertise, he is equally adept at fixing all makes of computers.

Kure said that what he can offer the public far exceeds what consumers can expect from going directly to Apple, the point of purchase retailer or the assistance of phone support from either of them, which can cost up to $60 per call.

“Here, you don’t need to make an appointment. At Apple, you have to sit there for hours,” he said. “I repair the device without changing any of your data. We do repairs in 30 minutes or less. We do the same thing as over there [Apple], for half the price.”

In addition to repairs, Kure also buys, refurbishes and sells pre-owned products.

The store also features cutting-edge customizing. Some options are colored glass for phones, glow-in-the-dark features, LED lights and accessories that come in popular colors that he said are not even available through Apple.

Kure and his partner opened the store about three weeks ago at 5 Franklin Ave. They already have plans to open one or two more locations on the South Shore in the next couple of months.

“So far everything is working out well,” said Kure, of Woodmere. “It’s a great neighborhood and the people are wonderful. All the neighboring stores have been very supportive.”

Grab a sushi pizza

Stop, Chop and Roll in Cedarhurst is the latest kosher sushi restaurant to arrive in the Five Towns.

Owner Allen Schreier said that his competitive prices are what makes his business stand out from the rest, especially the “buy two, get one” deals on all rolls, sushi, sashimi and platters.

“That’s really our niche and business model,” he said. “The platters are really a good buy. We’re already selling them below the average price. If you buy one from us at $60, it would probably be $70 on the street. If you buy three from us, it comes out to $40 a platter. No one can touch that price.” 

Schreier, a first-time restaurant owner, said he feels lucky to have a partner with 15 years of experience in the kosher sushi business, as well as family who have been very helpful and supportive of his venture.

The business, opened in August, at 119 Cedarhurst Ave., is primarily take-out, although there are several tables to sit down and eat. In addition to the usual fare, Stop, Chop and Roll has a few interesting selections, including several types of sushi pizza and low-carb cucumber wrapped rolls. Within the next week or two, the menu will expand even further to include a variety of Asian-style soups, salads and pastas.

Target's expanded store (By Stephen J. Bronner)

Target will reopen its store in the Green Acres Mall on Nov. 11 with a totally new interior and more food options, according to a company spokesperson.

About 14,000 square feet has been added to the superstore, which will include a fresh foods section and a Starbucks. In addition to the products that had been offered, fresh fruits and vegetables and packaged meat will now be sold. The parking lot has also been replaced.

“Nothing will look like it did before,” said Molly Snyder, a Target spokesperson. “Now it’s more of the prototype of what people expect when they walk into a [Target] store. We’re really excited to bring this remodeled store to Valley Stream.”

The Valley Stream store will be hiring about 75 to 100 seasonal workers.

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