Relocated electronics store now in Northampton

  • Ira Brezinsky, co-owner of BRW Electronics, sets up a Steren speaker June 14, 2017 at the new Northampton location of the business. Gazette photo/Sarah Crosby

For The Recorder
Thursday, July 06, 2017

NORTHAMPTON — For those who thought RadioShack’s bankruptcy signaled the end of the neighborhood electronics store, watch out — there’s a new sheriff in the area.

BRW Electronics, which for years has operated an electronics store in Brattleboro, Vt., this month relocated its Greenfield store to 242 King St. in Northampton — the same space formerly occupied by RadioShack before it closed in May.

Owners Ira and Shelly Brezinsky said BRW’s interior has been remodeled so that the store can carry more products including audio, video, computer and mobility equipment, cellphones, accessories, electronic parts, components and batteries.

The store also offers cellphone and tablet repair, delivery and installation services and, in what they hope will set them apart, a backroom “maker space” where amateur and professional tinkerers can meet, collaborate and learn from each other.

“We really want to become a community resource for technology,” Ira Brezinky said during an interview at the store. He said a main goal of the store is “to support ‘do-it-yourselfers,’ people interested in tech.”

The space will hold DIY workshops on everything from 3-D printing to computer building.

All workshops will be free with a nominal fee for parts and equipment. The first workshop is slated for mid-July and will be on soldering, a process that is used to form permanent connection between electronic components.

Move to Northampton

BRW Electronics got its start as a RadioShack franchise in Brattleboro in 1983 and soon grew into its own brand with a second location in Greenfield.

Early this year, the Greenfield store’s lease was up and the couple decided to try something new.

When they saw that the King Street location in Northampton was opening up, the Brezinskys decided to change locations. The store opened June 3 with four employees, including the couple.