Young tech pro running repair, gaming shop in Stilwell
Cherokee Nation citizen Mikah Walters, 21, opened MTech Cave in Stilwell this year. He repairs and sells various electronics plus offers a gaming lounge. CHAD HUNTER/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Daniel Christie, 12, of Stilwell, plays the online video game Fortnite on July 31 at MTech Cave in Stilwell. The business opened in January. CHAD HUNTER/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
MTech Cave is located at 11 N. First St. in Stilwell. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday. CHAD HUNTER/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Four computers at MTech Cave in Stilwell are available for online gaming. There are also two Xbox consoles, two PlayStation consoles and a Nintendo Switch. CHAD HUNTER/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
STILWELL – Budding entrepreneur Mikah Walters is earning a reputation around Stilwell as a tech-savvy problem-solver.
The 21-year-old opened his electronics repair and gaming shop called MTech Cave in January. Since then, a growing customer base has been doling out glowing reviews.
“If you’re looking for tech knowledge, this is the place you should go,” customer Joshua James said. “Mikah knows how to solve all of your tech problems.”
Walters, a Cherokee Nation citizen and 2016 Sequoyah High School graduate, attended the Indian Capital Technology Center with an IT emphasis.
The lifelong tech enthusiast now spends his days and evenings at his MTech Cave in downtown Stilwell repairing cell phones, computers and other electronics while also hosting a lounge for gamers. Walters views the blossoming business as an investment.
“My grandparents gave me part of my inheritance early, and I spent it on this,” he said. “I wanted to invest it instead of spend it and actually make more than they gave me. I fix things like iPhones all the time. It took me about six months of tinkering to finally get an understanding of how it all worked. But if it’s anything board-related that needs to be soldered, I can do that. I’ve done probably 200 to 300 different computers and phones.”
Walters offers a long list of repairs for electronics, but iPhones are his favorite fix.
“The most fun part about fixing stuff is fixing iPhones,” he said. “If I could do iPhones all the time, I would be, like, ecstatic.”
MTech’s gaming lounge features a pair of Xbox consoles, two PlayStation consoles, a Nintendo Switch and four high-end PCs for online gaming. In his downtime at the shop, Walters tests new games for consideration.
“I play them to see if they’re cool,” he said. “If I like the game, I’ll install them on these (computers). There are some that will come play just to get away. Some will come here to play on lunch instead of going home. Some come here to play because the internet at home is too slow, but they have a console. Then some come to play because they don’ have a console. It’s really a mix of everything. I want the gaming to pick up, but it’s going to be slow in this town. I know that.”
MTech Cave also has a room for board and card games such as Dungeons & Dragons and Magic the Gathering.
“I’ve got a friend who is going to help me get more in depth with the Magic stuff pretty soon,” Walters said. “Four to six come every Saturday. Once I get sanctioned, which I’m trying to, they’re going to have a bunch more people.”
Walters said he is also an electronics-recycling advocate who accepts and properly disposes of unwanted televisions and other outdated gadgets.
MTech Cave is a CN Tribal Employment Rights Office-certified business. It is also a member of the Stilwell Area Chamber of Commerce, which used Walters for website design.
MTech Cave is at 11 N First St. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Gaming rates are $5 an hour, $20 for five hours and $30 for all day. For more information, call 918-218-2039, email firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit mtechcave.com