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Old Aug 19th, 2007, 07:49 AM   #51
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There are many details I'm not sure about, but there are two things I am positive about: one is the location on City Councillors in the mid-to-late 80s; the second is Crazy Irving's being on Phillips Square in the late 90s and suddenly becoming Compusmart one fine day, with nothing but the name changing.
Ok, the one on City Councillors (1460 City Councillors) was called Micro Systems Centrale which is what is stamped on the back of one of the first Mac brochures I have.

There was another store in Phillips Square that sold Apple computers in the early to mid-80s but I just don't know the name. I'll ask another Montreal expat who may know but since he's more into Wintel comps he might not be much help.
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Old Aug 19th, 2007, 07:58 AM   #52
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I got my first mac from Bmac! Great little store, but no one knew it was there, blocking the church behind it. It was hard to find even if you did have the address.

Before FS started selling macs, it was hard to find a mac in this city. They were in obscure little shops, or you had to travel far to get there, or there was INSO (I think that's what it's called) - I'm not fond of it there. If there was anything more visible, I never saw it.
Bmac wasn't too bad but, yeah, hard to find when their entrance was off to the side of a church. It almost seemed as if you were entering some sort of secret cabal.

For such a "creative" city, Macs were really really hard to find. You only had two(?) locations in the downcore core, one in the eastern part of the Island (Microboutique), then, I think that there was your INSO in the West along with a store in the Dorval shopping centre (the aforementioned Micro Systems Centrale), one on Decarie, and maybe a couple of others. There was also that laughable experiment by Eatons to sell Apple computers (and others) through their "Business Centers".

At that time, ok, even now, every location had to be gotten to via public transit.
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Old Aug 19th, 2007, 08:03 AM   #53
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The only Mac store I really went to was Microserve.
Was this the one on Decarie?

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I hear good things about Microboutique but they didn't seem to care for my purchase, after all I was only buying a MacPro...
Sounds like the same Microboutique to me! I purchased the family's first comp, an Apple IIe, from them when they were on Beaubien St. Good selection of stuff but they were very relaxed/negligent about sales and service.

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I don't think the Apple store will really grab to the professionals, especially not a flagship store. I think it's more to lour the kids in like a candy shop, impress the new-comers and convert them. Professionals may go there for software and small accessories since it'll probably be the best place for it, but I personally wouldn't go there to buy my system. It just doesn't make sense, since they sell Apple only RAM and internal hard disks, making the price ridiculous.
So, where should pros in Montreal go?
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Old Aug 19th, 2007, 08:07 AM   #54
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Hrmmm...tempted to do a road trip to add to my collection of Apple Store Canada t-shirts. Only missing a Laval one...

That location doesn't look too nice weatherwise and certainly no electrical outlets for an overnighter.
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Bmac wasn't too bad but, yeah, hard to find when their entrance was off to the side of a church. It almost seemed as if you were entering some sort of secret cabal.

For such a "creative" city, Macs were really really hard to find. You only had two(?) locations in the downcore core, one in the eastern part of the Island (Microboutique), then, I think that there was your INSO in the West along with a store in the Dorval shopping centre (the aforementioned Micro Systems Centrale), one on Decarie, and maybe a couple of others. There was also that laughable experiment by Eatons to sell Apple computers (and others) through their "Business Centers".

At that time, ok, even now, every location had to be gotten to via public transit.
Naw... INSO is somewhere on Parc Ave between Mile End, Parc Ex. and Little Italie, Not too hard to get to, just not a great atmosphere, and many of the sales crew there don't want to deal with the piddly stuff. You can get used ones there too, but it's very limited and never come with software - at least that's what I understood when I asked.
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Old Aug 19th, 2007, 01:43 PM   #56
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Ok, the one on City Councillors (1460 City Councillors) was called Micro Systems Centrale which is what is stamped on the back of one of the first Mac brochures I have.
I can think of two possibilities to explain the discrepancy, as I very distinctly remember spending too much time at Crazy Irving's on City Councillors:

- Different time frames. Is your brochure from before 1986-87, when I was hanging around there?

- Is it possible that Micro Systems Centrale was the corporate name for the business and Crazy Irving's the "storefront name"?

The name Micro Systems Centrale doesn't ring a bell at all, FWIW...
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I can think of two possibilities to explain the discrepancy, as I very distinctly remember spending too much time at Crazy Irving's on City Councillors:

- Different time frames. Is your brochure from before 1986-87, when I was hanging around there?

- Is it possible that Micro Systems Centrale was the corporate name for the business and Crazy Irving's the "storefront name"?

The name Micro Systems Centrale doesn't ring a bell at all, FWIW...
LOL! The name Crazy Irving's doesn't ring a bell for me until later in the '90s or so, I think.

The brochure is from 1984 I think which was when the Mac was introduced. Oddly enough, I don't recall picking it up from there...could have sworn it came from the store on Carre Phillip. It's also one of those slim "tri-folds" that's not listed on the MacMothership website. Looks like a rarity!

I do have a full Mac brochure, the one with Bill Gates and a couple of other software mavens, which I picked up around the same timeframe and which I am pretty sure came from the Carre Phillip store.

Grrr...I'm going to have to ask a couple of other people from Montreal who might know what is going on but they're all PC users.
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Old Aug 20th, 2007, 10:19 AM   #58
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LOL! The name Crazy Irving's doesn't ring a bell for me until later in the '90s or so, I think.
Then I bet it's the timeframe. I paid no attention to any of this until the fall of 1986, when we got our first Mac. After that, my friend who worked for Crazy Irving's steered me to the City Councillors store. Hours of fun trying out various games, but I don't think I ever bought anything other than floppy disks there. Err... maybe I "rented" a game or two as well.
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Confirmation of Apple’s plans to open a store on Saint Catherine Street in downtown Montreal comes in a strange way: three parking meters in front of the building. In its plans to the city, Apple has proposed to remove the meters at 1321 Saint Catherine to enhance the architecture of the building, and then to compensate the city about $6,640 a year for lost revenue. According to a story in the Montreal Press, the city has declined Apple’s offer, saying the meters not only generate revenue, but also force rotation of cars through the busy shopping district. A city spokesman said they are open to compromise, such as replacing several individual meters with a single payment terminal. However, complete removal of meters is not acceptable. The current Boutique Mens clothing store will close in November and move out, and Apple will then rebuild the structure as a 9,300 square-foot retail store, which could open by fall 2008.
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I can think of two possibilities to explain the discrepancy, as I very distinctly remember spending too much time at Crazy Irving's on City Councillors:

- Different time frames. Is your brochure from before 1986-87, when I was hanging around there?

- Is it possible that Micro Systems Centrale was the corporate name for the business and Crazy Irving's the "storefront name"?

The name Micro Systems Centrale doesn't ring a bell at all, FWIW...
Oh. My. God. 'Crazy Irving'. What a blast from the not-so-distant past. I remember boxes of floppies, cheap fittings and geeky salespeople. And their in-your-face advertising handouts :-)

Wasn't there a bookstore that sort of doubled as a computer place right on Carré Philips? I seem to recall at least one of the guys there was a big Mac fan. A boyfriend of mine used to get his books down there and then we'd go and splurge more money on a slice of Dunn's cheesecake close by.

God. I miss Montreal :::sigh:::... or maybe my youth. Both?
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