Owners of a Maplewood business want people to know it’s there, becasue they’re hard to find from the sidewalk on Manchester Road.
CAT Computers, owned by Robert and Rona Chandler, has been in the basement of The Book House (7352 Manchester Road) in Maplewood, since December. They’ve been in business since 2004, starting out on Edgar Avenue in Maplewood.
They say the CAT has nothing to do with cats, though some expect it does.”I’m surprised how many people come in here and think we have computers for cats,” Robert said. “Or they think we have computers in here,” Rona said.
It means: Creative and Adaptive Technologies. Also, when they went into business, being toward the top of the list in the Yellow Pages was a consideration too.
Lots of their work is systems work. Robert said they serve as a full-service IT department for many clients, and it’s also a hometown computer repair shop.
It’s a family business; their 10-year-old son is learning coding.
Robert said they always let their customers know about scams. He said about four or five of their customers needed help in one month. “You’d be surprised how much personal stuff people put on their computer,” he said. He set one client up with a military-grade drive.