Author Archive: Michelle Loeb

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UP, UP<strong>TOWN AND AWAY</strong>

UP, UPTOWN AND AWAY

| March 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

It has been 23 years since Jim Nardi first opened Uptown Music in a 600-square-foot space located next to a hardware store. Although the store’s physical presence has grown exponentially—Nardi purchased a carpet retailer that was going out of business in 2007, creating 5,000 square feet of display space, plus another 3,000 square feet for [...]

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A Vintage Shop Grows In Brooklyn

A Vintage Shop Grows In Brooklyn

| February 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

A rarity among his contemporaries, Steven Uhrik, Owner of Retrofret Vintage Guitars (Brooklyn NY), grew his business out of a love for the technology behind musical instruments and a fascination with how the instruments work. Uhrik was working as a tech and luthier when, in 1983, he acquired a loft building in Brooklyn that formerly [...]

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The Center Of It All

The Center Of It All

| January 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

Palatka Music Center has been offering a one-stop shop for the 11,000 residents of Palatka FL since opening its doors on October 29, 1979. The store not only offers a full-line selection of musical instruments and merchandise, but also boasts three lesson rooms, a performance area and a recording studio, which are designed to offer [...]

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Changing Of The ‘Gard’s’

Changing Of The ‘Gard’s’

| December 20, 2013 | 0 Comments

Gard’s Music was a mainstay of Glendora CA since opening in 1978, delighting the local MI community for generations. Daniel, Christy, Matthew and Ellen Sandt purchased the store in 2008 and, since then, what had been a small family business with a more-than-30-year legacy has developed into an ever-growing MI chain that strives to maintain [...]

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2013: A Music Products Odyssey

2013: A Music Products Odyssey

| December 17, 2013 | 0 Comments

Trends, Issues And Obstacles That MI Retailers Face As the holidays approach, yet another year in MI retail is winding down. Once again, this year was a mixed bag for MI store owners—some opened and some closed; some saw sales go up and others struggle to remain in business for another year—but the pressure to [...]

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Add-Ons Add Up

Add-Ons Add Up

| November 19, 2013 | 0 Comments

MI Retailers Talk Sales And Merchandising Of Accessories The building blocks that make up a successful independent MI store are a lot smaller than some might anticipate. The Music & Sound Retailer spoke to three MI dealers across the country and found that accessory products—ranging from strings to pedals to hardware and more—constitute a large [...]

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More Than A Game Of Chicken

More Than A Game Of Chicken

| November 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

Since opening on November 6, 1996, Matt’s Music Center has made a name for itself as a destination for guitar collectors and musicians alike. They’re also likely remembered as the guys in the chicken costumes. No, really! Matt’s Music Center 1597 Main St. Weymouth, MA 02190 781-335-0700 www.mattsmusic.com Mon-Thurs 12pm to 8pm Fri 12pm to [...]

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Music Zoo Bisou Bisou

Music Zoo Bisou Bisou

| October 22, 2013 | 0 Comments

In the heart of Nassau County, overlooking both Roslyn Harbor and the Long Island Sound, is a music store with a look and feel not found at other area MI retailers. Tommy Colletti, Owner of The Music Zoo, was originally looking for a warehouse and shipping depot when he found the building, which is owned [...]

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Some Like It Hot Licks

Some Like It Hot Licks

| September 19, 2013 | 0 Comments

At the site of a former Frank’s Nursery and Crafts, not far off the main road at the center of Waldorf MD, sits Hot Licks Guitar Shop. The 9,000-square-foot, full-line MI shop has been a mainstay of the community for 28 years, serving musicians in the area for generations. “Just recently, we had a customer [...]

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A Music Scene Rises In The ‘East’

A Music Scene Rises In The ‘East’

| August 14, 2013 | 0 Comments

Over the past 12 years, Eastport Music Scene has developed into a mainstay of the Long Island community that shares its name. The store has become “a place musicians and budding musicians can conduct all music-related business in a friendly and creative environment,” the Owner, Thomas Peterson, explained. It’s also a supporter of the arts, [...]

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