If you or your small business, local company, service enterprise or community organization are seeking top-notch business-class desktop or laptop computers, peripherals or other electronic equipment, Lambro Inc. owner Lisa Ambrusko has got the deal for you.
A diverse multiplicity of local ventures, small and large companies, and individual end-users benefit from Ambrusko’s longstanding “PC Retro Computer Warehouse” store located in Alexandria, Va., providing affordable access to business-grade tools. The lesbian entrepreneur’s firm offers refurbished recent iterations of top-of-the-line computing hardware and other equipment at very economical prices.
“Cheap PCs and laptops off-the-shelf are not really a good bargain by comparison,” says Ambrusko, adding that her team is “able to link local and budget-conscious community and business entities to tech products of a quality often beyond their financial reach and at lower cost than less-powerful new equipment.”
Operations manager and technology coordinator Marcia Riemenschneider amplifies this opportunity by noting, “if you allow us to direct you to a brand and a product, especially if you need multiple matched units, you’re really going to score.”
Ambrusko is no stranger to the retail evolution in computers, peripherals and electronics equipment. A native of the metropolitan area who attended Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School in suburban Maryland and earned a local business school degree, Ambrusko first began working for local computer sales and software re-sellers in 1997.
She has helped trail-blaze the local market for refurbished computers and technology equipment. For small businesses, government contractors, non-profits, and community entities such as schools and health clinics, as well as a wide range of other local enterprises and also including individual retail customers, Lambro connects users with high-end legacy “technology you can trust.”
Lambro acquires desktop and laptop computers, servers, printers, monitors, networking gear, audio apparatus, projection equipment, television displays and other hardware from a wide range of sources. Large corporate firms, government agencies and contractors, local businesses, and others provide the inventory for refurbishment and resale. Equipment offloading results from business closings, equipment uniformity implementation, technology upgrades and hardware standardization requirements associated with government contracting or corporate expansion integration.
As part of a larger in-house affiliated network of equipment acquisition, Ambrusko’s company has access to an astounding volume and extensive range of high-quality computer equipment and related office gadgetry. Procurement occurs as entities close up shop or migrate to new systems and need to comply with data destruction protocols and computer hardware recycling.
Word-of-mouth referral among both business customers and home-based users has been a critical component of the firm’s longtime success. “Operating my own local community small business gives me the opportunity to better get to know my clients and their needs,” explains Ambrusko.
“As a woman, it is important that my retail location also be a place where women of all ages can come and not be intimidated by technology,” emphasizes Ambrusko. “When I first started reselling computers, I rarely saw women but today that is very different. We are seeing great diversity among our customers as well as the businesses we provide services. We now serve women with all levels of interest, from those simply using computers to those with technical skill levels capable of designing them.”
“In today’s market, it’s hard providing a great product and skilled services while remaining a brick and mortar store,” Ambrusko laments. “Online shopping wants to take over the world, but I hope it won’t be at the expense of our amazing local communities and small businesses. We strive every day to be a unique and valuable resource to come visit and shop!”
Lambro Inc. and the firm’s PC Retro Computer Warehouse retail store are located in Alexandria, Va., at 4926-D Eisenhower Ave., four blocks east of the Van Dorn St. Metro. The store is open Tuesday through Friday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. More information is available by calling the store at 703-370-5440, or visiting the company website at LambroInc.com.