A locally owned and operated technology services center, Gizmo Bar, is coming to downtown Greenville. Shaun P. Robertson, a Greenville native and entrepreneur, is bringing the technology and lounge hybrid to Greenville with plans to open this July.

The interactive technology retail space will offer face-to-face smartphone and tablet repair in a lounge-style environment, craft brew and a modified selection of appetizers and sushi from Sushi Go.

The concept will be located in a 19,000-square-foot multitenant building at 245 N. Main St. Gizmo Bar will join tenants Spencer Hines Properties, Equip Studio and The Upper Room.

“We’ve seen the evolution of technology correlate directly with the hindering of social interaction,” Robertson said. “Gizmo Bar is a concept driven by creating experiences, generating excitement and social interaction with the strategic use of technology.”

Robertson collaborated with Virtual Graffiti, a West Coast-based IT solutions provider, for the design of the bar’s interactive surface. Six 50-inch touch panels will allow customers to be entertained, work or shop while waiting on their device repairs. Customers will also be able to demo Oculus Rift, a virtual reality experience.

Renovations for the 3,000-square-foot space are slated to be complete by mid-July. Robertson plans to take the franchise-built concept to the Charlotte and Atlanta markets by 2019.

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