Village Square, 9400 W. Sahara Ave., kick-starts the first quarter of 2013 with the arrival of three more businesses.
NVpcfix, a computer retail and repair shop, is up and running at 9330 W. Sahara Ave., Suite 150, in a 1,500-square-foot space. It faces north and is across from the AutoZone store. The owner/operators are Michele Lindberg and Atul Singh.
The business began in March 2012 as a mobile-based operation. It opened in Village Square to be near Summerlin clients.
“We paid a lot of attention to where we were getting service calls,” Lindberg said. “Our customer base was building so rapidly, we needed the repair space.”
Summerlin may be its base of operations, but it has sent its technicians as far as Indian Springs, Pahrump and Boulder City.
“That’s why we chose NVpcfix, not ‘Las Vegas’ pcfix,” Lindberg said. “This is the home hub, but we will go wherever somebody calls.”
As much as 70 percent of the business is repair work. Data recovery is also a large part. Some clients want security programs installed, while others need information from their old computer converted to their new computer. Many clients have networking issues –– printers not speaking to computers, viruses and hardware repair needs.
NVpcfix can help with designing and assembling custom builds. It also works on iPads.
Lindberg manages the business and has a strong managerial and accounting background, having once served as a one-person information technology department.
Singh spent his childhood learning how things worked, taking apart radios, toys and such. He was formally trained as a computer technician in India and worked for Microsoft in Seattle.
“I’m passionate about this, not just computers, but I can fix anything,” he said, recalling a client with a Windows 98 operating system.
“He (needed it repaired) because of his software; it was the only computer where it would run,” Singh said. “He could not upgrade. He had to have that computer.”
Singh said the advantage of a small owner-operated business is that the customer is not just dropping off his computer. At NVpcfix, customers are encouraged to go into the back repair area, power up their computer and show just what it’s doing.
Another new business is Chinita Mexican Bar & Grill, 9440 W. Sahara Ave., Suite 165. It’s tucked into a corner along the western row of buildings.
“It looks like a cool joint on the outside, but once they open that door, they realize, ‘Wow, there’s a lot here,’ ” owner Chanthy Walsh said.
It’s 5,280 square feet but manages to come off with a cozy feel. It can seat more than 200, with the patio option adding another 40.
The bar offers flat-screen TVs and has an oversized room for private parties. Near the foyer is a small stage set up for live music.
“It’s not old-school Mexican music but more ‘today,’ with a little bit of salsa in it,” said assistant manager Debbie Salerno. “He gets everybody going.”
The restaurant did not yet have a schedule for when entertainment would be offered.
Bartender Vinnie Venancio said the best dish is the camarones al mojo de ajo, large shrimp sautéed in a chipoltle garlic cream sauce and served with jasmine rice.
“The flavor of it, I’m addicted,” he said. “I could eat it every day.”
Other entrees include filet mignon for $32 and chipotle barbecue ribs for $24 for a full rack or $17 for a half rack.
“My vision is to make a place that people can call their home away from home, where people can just come out and relax, have dinner or a party ... we have a room for that,” Walsh said.
The concept for Chinita is not much different from Sonrisa Grill at Lake Las Vegas, which Walsh owns with her husband, Tim. She is the sole owner of Chinita and has been experimenting with some Asian spices. She brought that influence to various dishes on Chinita’s menu.
Village Square was chosen because Walsh was impressed with the center’s revitalization under Westport Capital Partners’ ownership.
“With the new landlord coming in and all the energy that they’re putting in to revitalize the village, I decided that I wanted to be part of that,” Walsh said.
Chinita is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to midnight Friday, 10 a.m. to midnight Saturday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 702-463-1000.
Village Square’s third new tenant is NEPC LLC, an independent, full-service investment consulting firm.
Contact Summerlin/Summerlin South View reporter Jan Hogan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 702-387-2949.