New business gives Culverites computer repair, service options
Those readers who have asked -- or been asked -- where in Culver they may take their computers for repair or service, finally have an answer in the form of the “Puter Pit Stop” at 514 W. Jefferson Street.
If the address has a familiar, and computer-related ring to it, that’s because it was home to Culver’s longest-running computer-related business, Culver Communications, which still provides internet access, email, and web space to customers. However, “Culcom” hasn’t serviced computers on a consistent basis for some time.
Enter Coleen Watwood, a Leiters Ford native (the daughter of Fred and Millie Ditmire) who graduated from Culver Comm. High School and now resides just down the road from her new business. She’s worked in the IT field for more than 20 years, she says, though her most recent job was at Swan Lake resort near Plymouth.
Sytsma, she says, came to her and asked if she wanted a storefront from which to do business, at the Culcom building. She’s been providing computer services to clients from her home for years, but considered his late October offer for a few days before deciding, she says, “I’ve got nothing to lose!
“I do full computer servicing,” Watwood explains. “Troubleshooting, hardware, software, spyware and virus removal, error code deciphering -- I can build new computers from scratch, and I do networking of most any kind: installation, running cables, making cable.”
She says the store also stocks items for sale.
“Anything you need for networking, hard drives, CD-ROMs, DVD drives, memory -- pretty much all the basics. It could save you a trip to Plymouth if you need something.”
Puter Pit Stop will also handle Ebay sales for customers in the Culver area.
“They can bring (an item they wish to sell) in to me, and for a fee I will package it, ship it, and monitor the sales. We are also a UPS drop-off point; as far as I know, we’re the only one in town.
After years of IT work as an in-home “side” business, Watwood says she’s ready to expand.
“I want people to know I’m here for them,” she notes. “They just haven’t known about me up to now. It’s always been if a person comes to me, I work on (their computer) and give them my business card.
“I do make service calls,” she adds, “and I have businesses I serve at their place of business. Some people have home businesses and can’t bring the computers in to me. And distance is not an issue. I have clients in Warsaw, Plymouth, and Rochester, so I’m not limited to just the Culver area.”
In fact, the new store will be closed the remainder of this week as Watwood has been flown to Arizona by a client for some work there. She’ll be back bright and early Monday morning.
Anticipating questions, Watwood notes she does not offer web design or computer programming services, and her work is primarily on PCs (that is, Windows-based platforms) rather than Apple products.
She also notes Culcom owner Rich Sytsma continues to offer internet service, both dial-up and high-speed DSL, besides his scanner and radio business. Watwood can field calls for all of the above and relay information to Sytsma as needed, she notes.
Puter Pit Stop is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Watwood may be reached there by calling 574-842-3675 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.