Technology Store, Starbucks Open In Webb Center

Webb Center’s North Mall added two new shops this fall where customers can get wired more ways than one: Starbucks and the Technology Store. Starbucks, the popular purveyor of specialty coffees, moved into the space previously occupied by Java One and also opened a shop in the Batten Arts and Letters Building.

The Technology Store is targeted to the entire university community – including alumni – and sells everything from computers and printers to software and MP3s. The operation also offers local and nationwide Internet connectivity service via Pinnacle Online.

Because the store is not in business to make a profit, the savings are passed on to its customers.

“Our prices are a minimum 5 to 10 percent below what you can find in the local market, including for Internet connectivity,” said Earle Gower, assistant director for business affairs in the Office of Computing and Communications Services, who is overseeing the store’s operation. “We are also developing an e-commerce site where alumni will be able to order anything we carry and make requests for anything else. This service should be available in April.”

The shop currently carries cables, hard drives, digital cameras and hand-held organizers, and a variety of software, including Microsoft products. It places custom orders for Gateway and Dell computers, and has demonstration units on site. The Technology Store is in the process of establishing contracts with Macintosh and a cell phone service.

“This is an evolving store with personal service. If we don’t stock something, we will find the product the customer wants at the lowest possible price,” Gower said.

The store has accounts with the country’s seven major distributors of technology-related products, and most orders can be filled within 24 hours, he added.

The store is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Web address is and the phone number is 757-683-5611.

Located adjacent to Starbucks and the Technology Store is an area called the Cyber Café, where students can relax with their mocha frappuccino and work on the latest classroom assignment. The café features convenient ports for both hard and wireless Internet connectivity.