Reed City business offers solution to electronic woes

FIXER-UPPER: Ian Lacovara, owner of Ion Computer Systems in downtown Reed City, is able to handle multiple electronics needs, including repairs, conversion, screen replacements, custom computer builds and more. The store also has a selection of American-made cell phones, local art work and can provide FedEx shipping. (Pioneer photo/Karin Armbruster)

FIXER-UPPER: Ian Lacovara, owner of Ion Computer Systems in downtown Reed City, is able to handle multiple electronics needs, including repairs, conversion, screen replacements, custom computer builds and more. The store also has a selection of American-made cell phones, local art work and can provide FedEx shipping. (Pioneer photo/Karin Armbruster)

REED CITY — Sometimes technology that is supposed to make lives easier only causes headaches when things go wrong.

Ian Lacovara, owner of Ion Computer Systems in downtown Reed City, is hoping to provide help for all technological needs. A Brooklyn, N.Y., native, he has a degree in computer science and 48 certifications from Microsoft, along with more than a decade of experience.

“If it plugs in, I fix it,” he said with a laugh. “I’m your all-around computer spot.”

Through his business, Lacovara provides repairs and screen replacements on computers, cell phones, tablets and televisions, offers data and hard drive replacements, virus removal, memory upgrades, custom computer builds and video conversion from old VHS tapes to DVDs. He also offers computer training for those needing extra assistance with programs like Microsoft Office and social media websites, and gives free estimates for individual jobs.

The business also sells Blu cell phones, which are made in America, and provides Red Pocket Mobile cell phone plans. In addition to electronics, Ion Computer Systems also is a FedEx authorized shipping center and showcases local artwork for sale.

Electronics has enveloped Lacovara’s entire life, as he has been tinkering with the items since he was a young child.

“I used to grab my dad’s stuff, take it apart, put it back together and make it work better,” he said. “I’m a bit of perfectionist and I’ll be honest with you if there’s something I can’t do.”

When he’s not working, Lacovara also plays a part in the community, serving on a committee for the Reed City Area District Library, as a member of the Knights of Columbus and a potential board candidate for the Reed City Downtown Development Authority. He believes serving and giving back in your area is important.

“The better your community is, the better you are, the better the area is and the better the people are,” Lacovara added. “The people here are awesome. I love helping them and being a part of the community.”

Location: 106 W. Upton Ave., Reed City
Hours: From 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday; from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday; Sunday by appointment
Contact: (231) 465-4189 or ioncomputersystems@gmail.com
Website: ioncomputersystems.com

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Posted by Karin Armbruster

Karin is the reporter for Osceola County’s Herald Review. She is the coordinator of the Health page, which runs in the weekend edition of the Pioneer. She can be reached by phone at (231) 592-8382 or by e-mail at karmbruster@pioneergroup.com.

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