TechEase Brings Back MacMechanic
MacMechanic is back after local company TechEase acquired iMechanics and re-established its namesake.
Santa Barbara-based TechEase Computer Solutions took over iMechanics’ Mac repair operations on May 12, bringing on five more Apple product experts to their tech support team.
MacMechanics was founded by Mike Bishop in 1998 as one of the first technical support locations in the area for Mac products, well before the Apple store arrived on State Street. Bishop then sold the business to Shane Williams in 2013 as the company transitioned to MacSuperstore, then that was sold to Abe Schryer and James Budow, who renamed it iMechanics.
According to TechEase, the technical staff will remain as they work in partnership with the re-formed MacMechanics. “This deal further strengthens our expertise in supporting Apple products with a team that’s known for great customer service,” TechEase co-owner Evan Asher said. “MacMechanic has long been a trusted name in town, and this team is the reason.”
This is TechEase’s third acquisition since founded in 2003 by co-owners Asher and David Robin. The company acquired Nerds to the Rescue in 2013 and Mick’s Macs in 2016. Mick’s Macs, which operates within TechEase specializing in Apple products, has combined with the team from iMechanics under the MacMechanic brand.
The iMechanics group will vacate their Gutierrez Street offices and operate from the TechEase headquarters at 3433 State Street, beginning August 28.