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Tech N Trenz mixes technology and fashion in Fort Kent

FORT KENT, Maine — The owners of a new shop located next to the China Garden on West Main Street in Fort Kent are offering name brand clothing, footwear and fashion accessories as well as computer, phone and tablet repairs. Karen and Julian Kidney of Fort Kent officially opened Tech N Trenz on Saturday, August 6.

Julian and Karen Kidney were joined by friends, family and members of the Greater Fort Kent Area Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, August 18, to celebrate the opening of their new store, Tech N Trenz in Fort Kent. (SJVT / FhF - Jessica Potila)

Julian and Karen Kidney (center) were joined by friends, family and members of the Greater Fort Kent Area Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, August 18, to celebrate the opening of their new store, Tech N Trenz in Fort Kent. (SJVT / FhF – Jessica Potila)

Karen Kidney said that combining the fashion and technology businesses is beneficial for their young family. “That way we can work together at the same time,” she said.

The couple has been married for five years and are expecting their first child, a boy.

The Kidneys previously worked at Fashion Connection, a Fort Kent-based shoe distribution business owned by Julian Kidney’s brother and sister-in-law, Jacque and Amy Pelletier.

Karen Kidney said the five years of experience she and her husband gained while working at Fashion Connection helped them with opening their own business. “Both of us had the experience and the connections with the company,” she said.

Tech N Trenz offers everyday wear for men and women by brands such as Alfred Dunner, Ruby Road, Lee, Skechers, Aerosoles and more.

But, as the name suggests, Tech N Trenz also offers on site service as well as after hours service for technology repairs.

Julian Kidney primarily runs the “tech” end of the business. He said he has been repairing computers from his home for the last 15 years, and for the past 10 years he has helped out at G and R Computer Associates in Madawaska.

Tech and Trenz celebrated a ribbon cutting on Thursday, August 18 along with family, friends, and members of the Greater Fort Kent Area Chamber of Commerce.

Karen Kidney’s mother Pamela Pelletier attended the ribbon cutting. “The community of Fort Kent has been amazing. People have been so supportive of them,” she said, adding that community members would knock on the Tech N Trenz door and offer their help to prepare the store for opening.

The Kidneys feel that Fort Kent was in need of a clothing and footwear store and said they are happy to fill that need. “It’s more convenient,” Karen Kidney said. “Some like to buy online, but for some it’s easier to try things on first.”

Fort Kent Town Manager Don Guimond attended the ribbon cutting ceremony and said he plans to shop at Tech N Trenz. “It brings clothes and footwear back to availability in the community. I always support local business and I support the effort of this young couple to start a business and provide a service to the community,” he said.

The business is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tech N Trenz can be reached at 834-8324 or 834-TECH.

For more information, Tech N Trenz has a Facebook page.

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