Internet cafe serves up computers

June 16, 2007|By TRISH RUDDER

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - You can get on the Web at a new cafe in town, and you don't have to bring a computer.

Lil' Bit A New York Internet Cafe at 270 N. Washington St. opened last month, complete with its own hard-wired computers.

Owner-operator Alberto R. Tello said he got the idea when a former job required him to travel. He said he did not like to carry a computer, but he wanted to connect to the Internet.

"I saw a lot of these places in my travels and used them," Tello said. And, he said, "I saw the need for an Internet cafe here."


Tello's Internet cafe has a separate room in which there are 10 computers at desks. The Vista and XP operating systems are the 2007 editions, he said.

Wireless connections are available for those with laptops, and he offers a fax and copy service.

Tello said he has a background in computers, and is available to help people who might have Internet questions.

Local resident Ami Vermillion was using the computer and needed assistance.

"He's helping me to put some music on a CD to use for karaoke," Vermillion said.

Vermillion wanted to use the music as accompaniment so she could record herself singing some of her father's favorite songs for a Father's Day gift.

The cafe has a separate reading room, which can be used by book clubs, Tello said, and it has a lounge with a television.

The rooms are furnished with sofas and comfortable chairs where patrons can sit and partake of the gourmet coffee, tea, deli sandwiches and desserts.

Tello is from Queens, N.Y., and shares the business with his sister, Susana Santizo. He was born in Guatemala and moved to Queens when he was 3 years old.

"My deli sandwiches and desserts have a New York connection, and Seattle's best brand of coffee and Tazo Tea, a fine international tea, is served," Tello said.

Tello said he knew the area and visited Berkeley Springs often. He recently moved to Hancock.

"Berkeley Springs is such an awesome spot," he said. "I love the fact that it's an arts town."

"I'm trying to create an environment that is (welcoming) to everybody," both local residents and tourists, Tello said.

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