Now open: Uptown Phone Repairs

Uptown Phone Repairs has relocated from Calhoun Square to 5456 Nicollet Ave.

Owner Eric Thomas said he initially helped his brother with computer repairs and started repairing phones and iPads about four years ago on the side.

“It was trial and error to be honest,” he said. “There is no schooling for this. … It’s tough to find good technicians for this.”

Thomas said he typically only takes work where the cost to repair rather than replace a phone makes sense.

“I like to get the pricing where people can reasonably pay for it,” he said.

Thomas said a common fix he handles is screen repair after someone drops a phone. Another common issue relates to battery chargers. Regarding water damage, he said phones might still be salvageable if the problem is addressed within four or five days. He said customers are surprised at how quickly he can repair an iPhone, with some fixes finished in a half-hour.

He said the shop serves as a fourth option aside from returning to the carrier, using phone insurance or replacing a phone.

“I came to this neighborhood because there weren’t a whole lot of options for this,” he said.

In recent years the storefront has been home to B. Lawrence Ramsey, Robin’s Nest and b. resale.

“This store’s been a revolving door,” Thomas said. “I’m pretty confident this is going to be here for years to come.”