Author Archive: Michelle Loeb

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Just Another Day in Paradise

Just Another Day in Paradise

| May 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

Webster’s Dictionary defines paradise as “a very beautiful, pleasant or peaceful place that seems to be perfect,” and that is exactly what Bryan Loy hopes you’ll find when you visit Paradise Music. “I named my store Paradise Music because if a musician can shop at a store that has competitive pricing and that can take […]

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When You’re Here, You’re Family

When You’re Here, You’re Family

| April 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

Clark’s Music Center, of Jacksonville FL, is first and foremost a family business. Owner Clark Kirkwood, his wife Lisa, their son Joseph and Clark’s parents work in the store every day. And Chris Basile, a partner who works remotely from New Jersey, is considered a member of the extended Kirkwood family, as well. That sense […]

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Go With The Pro

Go With The Pro

| March 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

Whether walking into its Los Angeles-based store or visiting its state-of-the-art Web site, one need only look at Westlake Pro to know one is in the company of experts. George Adjieff and Joe Taupier—who had managed the store for many years before they became its Owners in a management buyout—have gone to great lengths to […]

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It Takes A ‘Villa’

It Takes A ‘Villa’

| March 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

Music Villa has been a part of the Bozeman MT music scene since the 1970s, but it’s under the leadership of Paul Decker that the store has really taken off, growing not only in its physical footprint but also in its online presence and its value to the community. Decker took over the store from […]

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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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