He adds, “Of course I am a businessman, but I am not here to rip people off. If I know that there is a cheaper or better alternative to the service you are requesting, I am going to let you know. Your business is more important than me making a few more dollars.”
Aldo prides himself on being a proud Pilsen resident, property, and business owner and cannot see himself working or living anywhere else. “I have always been Pilsen-minded. I live, play, and work in Pilsen.”
Although the store has changed its name, the original Pilsen Beepers sign still hangs in the storefront. “When I was ready to open the store I asked my mom what I should call it, and she said, ‘Aldo’s Beepers’ but I was not sold on the name. I noticed that many stores were named Pilsen Laundry and Pilsen Auto Glass, so I said to myself, ‘It’s going to be Pilsen Beepers’.
He describes what a beeper was back then. “A beeper was a device used before the age of cellulars. If you wanted someone to get a hold of you, you would beep them with a phone number where they could be reached. In most cases, it was a private or home phone, or a public phone. Once beeped, you would need to wait in place until the call was returned. This was the technology of the time from 1993 through 2000. Remember, there were no cell phones.