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#178: Best in Showroom | May 2014


Greetings from Waitsfield!
By Stephen Andrews, Sales Associate, Waitsfield, VT

Hello, loyal Small Doggers! This is my first contribution to one of our newsletters, and I’d like to introduce myself. I’ve been working in the Waitsfield showroom for about six months, and have lived in the Mad River Valley since 2001. My wife Angie and I have two boys (15 and 7) and two Wheaten Terriers. The energy runs about the same between all four of them, so we are constantly on the move!

Here in the Valley, while you can still hike the mountains to make a few turns (and we still have one very large snow bank in our driveway), just about all of the snow has melted. That means Angie and I are getting into the garden (my fall garlic has popped through the hay!) and my boys can throw the lacrosse ball back and forth without it disappearing in the snow.

We’re big fans of having music playing while we’re working outside, which is why I recommend the Chill Box wireless speaker (in Purple!) to anyone looking to do the same thing. With a rechargeable battery that will keep us listening the whole time we’re outside, it’s a great addition to any home.

When the boys decide they want to use the Chill Box while shooting hoops, I can grab my Outdoor Tech Privates over-the-ear wireless Bluetooth headphones. With no wires to get in the way, it’s another great option for staying entertained while working in the yard.

In addition to getting outside again, May also means our annual Dads & Grads promotions and specials are on the horizon. These deals will begin Monday, May 19th, so keep an eye out for great deals on device bundles and assorted accessories!

Happy Spring, all!

Stephen Andrews

Rutland & SDE Celebrate!
By Joseph Lattuca, Manager, Rutland, VT

In the words of Tony, Toni, TonĂ©: It’s our anniversary, bay-bay! Our Anniversarrryyyy! That’s right, folks! Rutland, VT and Small Dog Electronics are celebrating their one year anniversary together, and they want you to come to the party.

This one-time-only, super awesome, mega-fun radical event will be taking place Saturday, May 3rd at our Rutland, VT location (Downtown Merchant’s Row, 116 West St).

We will be kicking things off at 10am and raging until the early hours of the afternoon (we’ll be open until 5!). There will be food, fun, and great deals to be had throughout the day!

Thinking of coming? RSVP on Facebook!

Two major deals we will be running are $100 off any new Mac and $30 off any new iPad. There will also be plenty of one-day, in-store only specials, including hourly drawings for prizes from 11-2pm.

Pile the family into the minivan and head downtown to see us and join in the festivities or just stop in to say hello. There’s fun for everyone, so don’t be shy. We all look forward to seeing you this Saturday and for many Saturdays to come!

I would like to personally thank all of you in the Rutland community and beyond for all of your continued support of our local Vermont business. I am proud to be a part of building of a brighter future for Rutland! And I am proud to be doing it alongside all of you, our valued SDE customers. I hope to see you all at the anniversary party — cheers!

Office on Your iOS
By Stephen Andrews, Sales Associate, Waitsfield, VT

Office 365 Home Premium has the latest version of the applications you know and love, plus Cloud services so you can have Office when and where you need it. Just sign in and you can get to your Office files, applications, and settings from virtually anywhere!

The latest versions of all their best-in-class applications, plus Cloud services including Skype and SkyDrive on up to 5 PCs, Windows 8 tablets, and Macs.

One year of the Office 365 Home Premium Download includes:

  • Office for the entire household on up to 5 PCs and Windows 8 tablets, Macs
  • The latest versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher and Access
  • An extra 20GB of online storage in SkyDrive (27 GB total) for anywhere access to your documents
  • Mobile app for iPad/iPhone (found in Apple App Store)

Purchase Office 365 here!

Your Pal Nate!
By Patrick McCormack, Manager, South Burlington, VT

If you ever find yourself in the South Burlington store in need of tech help, look no further than our very own Mac Lesson guru Nate! As a Small Dog veteran and life-long Mac enthusiast Nate Poirier has the skills and know how to help you master your machine!

His areas of expertise cover Mac and iOS basics, file organization, and iPhoto, as well as numerous other subjects! Nate is a ready source of knowledge for customer and coworkers alike.

When he’s not saving the day at Small Dog, Nate is an avid photographer specializing in astrophotograhy. Some of his other hobbies include playing the trumpet, building computers and staying up-to-date on all the latest tech news.

If you ever find yourself in the South Burlington store and need a helpful hand to show you how to use that new iPad or learn how to better utilize your Mac, ask for Nate!


New Pup

We want to take a moment to introduce one of the newest additions to the Small Dog South Burlington team, Noah Duncan.

Noah is a quick learner and has become an asset we are happy to have on our team!

He is one of our go-to audio experts and can assist with your setup, from portable speakers or to home entertainment systems.

Noah’s a hardworking student, die-hard snowboarder and gamer as well (his Call of Duty clan is one of the best out there…just saying), so whether you need new speakers, want to reminisce over last winter’s powder or talk gaming, Noah will help with a joke and a smile.

Hammerhead Takes Over: Introducing Sync-Charge Cables!


Hammerhead — not only a shark with an odd head, or a cute little bulldog that rides shotgun on Don’s motorcycle — but our very own Small Dog Electronics brand!

We’ve just released the Hammerhead Sync-Charge Cable. It’s a flat cable, slightly more durable than the Apple cord, and selling for $18.99.

They come in three color options: Red, Black, or White. The cable is the traditional length of 1-meter long, comparable to what you receive originally with your device.

Plug it right into your USB port, or pair it with Hammerhead’s very own 12w Dual USB Charger, and you have a complete wall charging set!

The Hammerhead Sync-Charge cable is compatible with iPhone 5/5c/5s, iPad mini (both with and without Retina Display), iPad 4, iPad Air, iPod touch (5th Gen.), and the iPod nano (7th Gen.).

Reviving an Old MacBook


Recently, Daniel Hollister from our Waitsfield retail store installed a Crucial SSD (Solid State Drive) into a late-2006 MacBook. This upgrade made a barely usable machine into a like-new machine!

Though it cannot run anything past OS X 10.7, it is as quick as a new MacBook Air. It starts up and is ready to go in 20 seconds.

Because the SSD has no moving parts, there is no waiting for the disk to spin up and programs load in just a few seconds without any beach balls appearing.

If you have an aging laptop and aren’t quite ready to buy a new one, having an SSD installed might be what you are looking for!

Daniel can’t stop talking about how fast his old MacBook is now that he’s installed this drive — proof that Macs can run well beyond their years!

Dads and Grads Sneak Peak!


Beginning May 19th, we will be launching our annual Dads & Grads promotions. We are so excited about some of these promotions we want to give you a sneak peak so you can start to plan that perfect gift!

We will be offering deals on Canon printers, must-have software, sweet Mac and iPad Bundles and more! Savings from $30-$180 on select bundles for your Mac and iPad needs.

Of course, don’t forget that Mother’s Day is May 11! We have plenty of mom-approved products in stock for the special mom in your life.

You can take advantage of our 0% financing for 6 months offer right now for any product in our store. So, get your pencils ready, make your lists, and come on down to Small Dog for your gift-giving needs!