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Best Buy at mall opens new Samsung Experience

May. 23, 2013 @ 12:33 AM

If you're on the market to buy a new gadget, there's a new offering at Best Buy to let you try out some options.

Just last month, Best Buy in Barboursville completed installation of a new Samsung Experience station. Located in the middle of the store, the display offers a chance to try out Samsung devices -- cellphones, tablets, computers and digital cameras. It will be staffed with a Samsung advocate during Best Buy store ours to educate customers about the offerings and answer any questions they have.

"We all know Samsung is a large cellphone and tablet company, but I think there are a lot of people who don't realize they sell computers and digital cameras," said Brandon Valandingham, store manager at the Barboursville Best Buy. Samsung's bestsellers are its Galaxy S3 and new Galaxy S4 cellphones, he said.

Barboursville is one of 500 Best Buy locations across the country that installed the Samsung Experience this spring, and all 1,800 Best Buy stores should feature the display before the end of the summer, Valandingham said.

"It's just a great experience for the customer," he said. "The concept is smart. Why not?"

MUG AND PIA: About 1,000 Papyrus cards are displayed for sale now at Mug and Pia gift shop in downtown Huntington, following an installation this week by Keith Esposito, customer development specialist for Papyrus Recycled Greetings.

The new display in the store features both recycled greeting cards and other Papyrus cards, and will include some gift bags, roll wrap and stationary.

Kim Sarka Lake, owner of Mug and Pia and Simply Whisk downtown, said the investment is in response to Richard's Hallmark closing on 4th Avenue earlier this year.

"I would never have done this with Mr. Wittmann still there," Lake said. "They (Papyrus) usually don't do small independents, so I think this is a huge opportunity for the area. I think it's cool that they thought of Huntington.

"The recycled U.S. cards are very economical. They're under $3, and the Papyrus cards are more expensive but they're almost a gift in themselves. It's the best of both worlds and a great product."

It fits well into her mission of bringing quality, unique offerings to shoppers of Huntington.

Esposito said the cards are fresh and timely because Papyrus hires thousands of artists from across the country who work trends and current news into their designs.

"Papyrus is a unique line that has a following," he said.

FANELLI BOYS INC.: Justin Fanelli has opened a new electronics repair company on 4th Avenue near Marshall University.

It's a new location of a family business based out of Parkersburg, said Fanelli, a co-owner who recently graduated from Marshall University with a master's degree in health care administration. He said he did a lot of electronics refurbishing and repair while working his way through school.

The business, located at 1455 4th Ave. next to the bike shop, repairs computers and cellphones and sells refurbished devices as well. It also sells remanufactured and new toner cartridges, which can save businesses and other customers money, he said.

Please send business news items to Jean Tarbett Hardiman at jeant@herald-dispatch.com.

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