Summit Avenue

Don’t roll the closing credits for “the neighborhood electronics store” yet. Plenty of small-in-size but rich-in-history retail operations are still going strong in 2006. Case in point: Cuba TV, run by Miguel Alfonso and the Alfonso family on Summit Avenue in Union City, N.J. Though they are surrounded by fierce competitors like P.C. Richards and Circuit City, the Anfonso’s have held fast as a community institution for nearly 35 years. “We are almost like a barber shop,” says Alfonso. “One guy comes in for a battery and stands there and starts talking and then some other customers come in and join the conversation.

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