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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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‘GOTT’ MUSIC?

‘GOTT’ MUSIC?

| December 14, 2012 | 0 Comments

By Rebecca Apodaca The modern Gottschalk Music Center’s history traces back to a business started in 1936, by John Gottschalk’s aviation pilot grandparents, out of their home. They lived in Adrian MI, about 85 miles southwest of Detroit. Without knowing it, they had filed the flight plan for their future grandson! The grandfather was a […]

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Tegeler Music Charts Successful Course

Tegeler Music Charts Successful Course

| November 14, 2012 | 0 Comments

By Rebecca Apodaca In 2003, Don Tegeler embarked on a journey that took him and his family out of the state of Florida and landed them back in his home state of Iowa to become President of Tegeler Music Enterprises, Inc. Tegeler had spent 10 years managing another music shop in Florida before coming home […]

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Senseney Makes Sense

Senseney Makes Sense

| October 15, 2012 | 0 Comments

By Rebecca Apodaca One of the dreams of almost every store owner is to grow a store and, eventually, pass it on to a family member or an outstanding employee, or sell it to a worthy successor. Many times, that is what it remains…a dream. In this case, however, the dream came true. Senseney Music, […]

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‘The Candyman Can’

‘The Candyman Can’

| September 12, 2012 | 0 Comments

By Rebecca Apodaca Rand Cook joined The Candyman Strings & Things in 1990 and worked his way up in different managerial positions until he and his wife, Cindy, who had a background in marketing, eventually took it over in 2009. The store started in 1969 in a 200-square-foot space, operated by the original Owner, Matthew […]

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Monster Teaches Us A Lesson

Monster Teaches Us A Lesson

| August 14, 2012 | 0 Comments

By Rebecca Apodaca Brian Reardon was a sheet music sales rep when he met JD Sarantakos, who started Island Wide Music and who, at that time, had a sign up that said “coming soon—music store.” Reardon’s father owned a print music business, and Reardon bought Karamar Publishing Co. and continued things. In 2000, Reardon went […]

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‘You’re My Customer’

‘You’re My Customer’

| July 10, 2012 | 0 Comments

By Rebecca Apodaca I’m supposed to be taking this month off for my summer vacation. But, I am so excited about this column that I thought I would review what I have experienced in the past six months, since starting with Shine A Light. I thought, in the beginning, that I would hear the same […]

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‘Get Dressed And Go To Work’

‘Get Dressed And Go To Work’

| June 15, 2012 | 0 Comments

By Rebecca Apodaca Anker Paulsen asked his son, “What are your plans?” as he stood at the end of his son’s bed, the morning after Jim Paulsen graduated from high school. Jim didn’t have any plans, so his father told him, “Get dressed and go to work.” And that’s what Jim did. Working at Music […]

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