Film editor opens Park City MAC store
Kevin Kennedy knows how covert a PC user to a MAC user.
"We’re making MACs work in a Windows world," said Kennedy, owner of the new Park City MAC store. "I do things a little bit differently than others because I’m used to taking artists from the PC world and get them running on a MAC."
Originally from Brooklyn, N.Y., and later, a resident of Hollywood working as a film editor, Kennedy and his family moved to Park City four years ago to open Park City MAC at Kimball Junction. The store celebrated its grand opening last Saturday and carries multiple Apple and MAC computer products, including iPods, laptops and desktops, as well as a full-service computer repair and tune-up center for local MAC users.
"I started in the entertainment industry as actor and director and good buddy of mine is a film editor, working on ‘Iron Man’ right now, a $150-million-dollar movie," Kennedy explained. "He threw me on the computer side and taught me how to edit film."
Kennedy worked for New Wave Entertainment, editing movies, producing movie trailers and finishing trailers. He said he worked on some of the best movies in the industry and had a lot of fun.
"They are the best movie-poster makers in town, in my opinion," Kennedy said of New Wave Entertainment. "I really just enjoyed the technical side and still do a little acting."
Kennedy edited films like "Very Bad Things" and worked with many actors and actresses while living and working in L.A.
"I worked on different shows and I just met great creative people that were a lot of fun to work with. Over the years, [we] have become good friends," he said.
Because of his experience working on and repairing MACs in Hollywood, Kennedy wanted to continue working with MACs. After living for 20 years in L.A., Kennedy said he also had a passion for snowboarding and skiing and bought a condo in Park City with a friend four years ago.
When Kennedy’s wife, Nicole, became pregnant about a year ago, they decided it was time to move out of L.A. Park City seemed like the perfect place to raise and family and open a MAC store.
"Every time we came up here, [my wife and I] did market research to see if a MAC store could work here," Kennedy said. "I was working in entertainment in L.A. and doing well. My wife went back to school to get her degree in nursing. We got pregnant, so we said we’ve got to get out of L.A."
Kevin and Nicole have been working to renovate the space for a few months now. The store is "a mix of modern and old" designs. The couple ripped out the old carpet in the suite and has laid down bamboo floors. Some of the display cases in the store, though, are unique antiques, taken from Hill Air Force Base in Ogden.
"My wife designed it. We pulled out the acoustic tiles and painted everything black, pulled out old gray carpeting and put down some friendly green bamboo floors," Kennedy said.
Kennedy said Park City MAC carries a lot of Apple products, including laptops, desktops, iPods and MAC computer accessories. However, they do not yet carry the iPhone. Kennedy said he is still waiting for the rights.
"I’m hoping and praying that next January they’ll let us start carrying them," he said.
Until then, Kennedy said the store will provide a convenient way for Parkites to purchase MAC products and get their computers serviced instead of driving to Salt Lake to visit the Apple store.
Kennedy reminds Park City that he’s here to serve the locals. He said he is going to offer MAC classes for children or adults who are used to using PC’s or who need to learn how to use a MAC.
"Everyone wants me to teach classes, so I’ll probably have classes for adults and kids," Kennedy said. He advises parents who are too busy or computer illiterate to go to the class to send their kids, instead.
"It’s the easiest thing for 10-year-old to come to class so they can focus on everything [and then help their parents at home]," Kennedy said.
Park City MAC celebrated its grand opening on Saturday, Nov. 3, with a ribbon cutting. The store is located at 1612 Ute Blvd., Suite 210, at Kimball Junction. Store hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 10 to 6 p.m. and Monday and Tuesday by appointment. Sundays they are closed For more information, visit http://www.parkcityMAC.com or to make an appointment, call 214-4217.
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