Author Archive: Michelle Loeb

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A Hidden Treasure in The Heart Of Chicago

A Hidden Treasure in The Heart Of Chicago

| December 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

Vic’s Drum Shop might be the biggest dedicated drum store in North America, but it would hardly be a surprise if you missed it on your last trip to Chicago. “We’re near the L train and the expressway, and we’re practically in the heart of downtown, so the store is easy to get to,” said […]

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A Modern Classic

A Modern Classic

| November 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

Although Carter Vintage Guitars is a relatively new addition to the Nashville music scene, Co-Owners Walter and Christie Carter have been involved in the music business for 25 years. Since moving to Nashville straight out of college in 1971, Walter worked as a musician, songwriter and journalist, not to mention having authored a dozen books […]

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The Power of the Add-On

The Power of the Add-On

| November 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Examining The Value Proposition Of Accessories, Bags And Cases With 2014 quickly drawing to a close, independent music store owners across the country are looking for ways to increase their bottom line not only for this year, but also for the ones ahead. And although fluctuations in the economy might affect a customer’s decision to […]

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Head Of The Class

Head Of The Class

| October 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

Tracy Leenman is not only the proud Owner of Musical Innovations; she also travels the country doing workshops and clinics, conducting, and teaching sessions for NAMM University and other music-education groups. Given how busy and prolific this current stage of her career is, it’s difficult to believe that, approximately seven years ago, Leenman was ready […]

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In the Key of Middle C

In the Key of Middle C

| August 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

In the 12 years since Myrna Sislen took over as Owner of Washington DC’s Middle C Music, she has become known as a tireless advocate for the independent music retailer. Whether she is giving a seminar at the NAMM show, lobbying for music education on Capitol Hill or hand-delivering instruments to needy children in South […]

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Sax And Violins In Tucson

Sax And Violins In Tucson

| July 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

Neither Michael Faltin nor his wife, Leslie, dreamed of becoming business owners. He was a band director, musician and former member of the Drum Corps. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry. However, when Michael began teaching music in the local middle schools, “I was frustrated with music store choices in our town and saw […]

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Singing The ‘Bluesairmen’

Singing The ‘Bluesairmen’

| June 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

For musicians seeking the best-quality used guitars, basses, amps and effects, Bluesairmen Guitars is a beacon in the otherwise-limited MI market of Garden City MI, some 20 minutes west of Detroit. Original Owner David Goldsworthy opened the shop in May 2005 “to help bring the old-days, hands-on vibe back to a guitar shop after everyone’s […]

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The Little Store That Could

The Little Store That Could

| May 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

Island Music is one of the East Coast’s must-see musical instrument retailers, with a jaw-dropping inventory that literally goes from the floor to the top of the 16-foot ceilings. However, that wasn’t always the case. Having overcome considerable early adversity, Island Music has truly become “the little store that could.” Island Music’s story dates back […]

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Peering Into Pro Audio

Peering Into Pro Audio

| May 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

Leading Manufacturers Illuminate A Segment of Growing Importance As part of its annual exploration of the pro audio market, The Retailer sat down with three industry executives to learn about the latest technological advances in speaker systems, microphones and recording equipment—and to discover what retailers can do to harness these trends and, most importantly, increase […]

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The Mayor of Music City, Maryland

The Mayor of Music City, Maryland

| April 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

In 1965, five miles south of Baltimore in Catonsville MD, a young musician and music fan opened a small eight-by-eight shop behind a coin shop and started teaching music lessons there. Almost 50 years and thousands of square feet later, Bill’s Music has become an irreplaceable part of the Catonsville music community, offering a one-stop […]

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