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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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The Road To Success

The Road To Success

| July 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

If anyone had asked John and Gail Bruno 10 years ago about their professional plans, owning and operating a musical instrument store would not have likely been at the top of the list. Gail had been working in the corporate world for more than a decade, whereas John was a local musician who worked in […]

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Teach Your Children Well

Teach Your Children Well

| June 13, 2013 | 0 Comments

For Howard Gittli, being the Manager of Louisville KY-based Mom’s Music is not just about making a sale. It’s about making a customer and—even more than that—it’s about making a musician. “We want more people playing music, and we want to help them with those dreams,” said Gittli, who began working for the store 16 […]

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The Sound Of The Underground

The Sound Of The Underground

| May 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

The main location for All Music Inc. in Plainview NY, on Long Island, is in a precarious position within the area’s retail landscape. Not only are there two Sam Ash stores and two Guitar Center locations within a 15-minute drive, but the store itself is also only noticeable to the most eagle-eyed of customers. “We’re […]

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This Grandma’s No Little Old Lady

This Grandma’s No Little Old Lady

| April 12, 2013 | 0 Comments

Grandma’s Music & Sound is currently the largest music store in the state of New Mexico—in terms of both square footage and sales—but that wasn’t always the case. Thirty years ago, when Micky Patten first moved to Albuquerque, he barely intended to open a music store in the first place. “No one was hiring,” recalled […]

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A Living Legend

A Living Legend

| March 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

By Michelle Loeb It had been 47 years since Doug John first started working at Delta Rubber Co. at the young age of 13, and he and his partner had decided it was time to sell the company. He was not yet at retirement age, and he’s the first to admit he “can’t sit at […]

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Hats Off To Larry’s

Hats Off To Larry’s

| February 20, 2013 | 0 Comments

By Michelle Loeb When Gabriel O’Brien first joined the payroll as a cashier at Wooster OH’s Larry’s Music Center in 2001, he brought along a valuable perspective—that of the customer. “I was a customer of the store long before I was ever hired,” said O’Brien, who plays guitar, as well as some banjo and mandolin. […]

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Blues Angel Flies High

Blues Angel Flies High

| January 24, 2013 | 0 Comments

By Michelle Loeb After 28 years as a fighter pilot in the U.S. Navy, Jim DeStafney would have been more than within his rights to live out a peaceful and leisurely retirement at his home in Pensacola FL. But retirement was the furthest thing from his mind. Two years before he left the Navy, DeStafney […]

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