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Mainbrace Technologies held a grand opening ceremony and ribbon cutting Monday at its Port of Brookings Harbor location.

The event introduced the company’s new computer retail shop to the public. The store carries a selection of computers and related items, including flash drives, computer mice and keyboards.

Mainbrace already offered  computer services. The retail section was added to better serve customers, owner Jim Relaford said.

The first items the store is carrying are those most asked for by customers. Some, such as keyboards that are waterproof, are speciality items.

“A lot of my customers use their computers on boats, where it only makes sense to use a waterproof keyboard,” he said.

The storefront is located in the port’s retail center, between Whales Tail Candy and Gifts and The Hungry Clam seafood restaurant.

Mainbrace’s history began with PRN‚ÄąData Services, established in 1989, Relaford said. PRN provided information technology functions for government agencies.

Relaford combined his business with Leroy Blodgett’s Eagle Two Development Corp in 2009. The two business owners figured that Blodgett’s company, which used a lot of computing power, and Relaford’s computer services would be a natural fit, he said.

Five months later, the two businesses split. 

“Our companies were too different,” Relaford said. “We had no commonality.”

Relaford and Eagle Two divided the offices they previously shared, and a year ago the computer company became Mainbrace Technology.

Eagle Two remains a customer of Mainbrace and the two business owners have remained friends, he said.

Services provided by Mainbrace include Mac and PC software and hardware computer repair, home-based computer lessons, website design and application programming.

Mainbrace computer specialists recently completed a custom computer program for Cal-Ore Life Flight that allows Cal-Ore to broadcast EKG readings directly to the hospital. Doctors can monitor what’s happening in the ambulance and begin assessing a patient even before the ambulance arrives at the hospital, Relaford said.

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