Columns

Taking The High Road

I like to think of myself as a pretty durable guy. Nothing frightens me, outside of extreme heights and unexpected snake discoveries. I’m in good health, I don’...

Starbucks Dreams

They opened a Starbucks on my route to work. Or, rather, they put up a new building and relocated an existing one. It’s on a busy corner at a major intersection...
Brian Meader, George Fuller, Paul Reed Smith, Shane Frame

Can You Give Me Sanctuary?

In April 2010, the music industry, not to mention the country at large, was still reeling from the financial crisis of 2008. That happens to be the month that G...

Industry Identity

A couple of weeks after I wrote my last column (exhorting MI to take its products back, partner with its dealers and create a brand identity for our industry th...

Cream of the Crop

Both Cream City Music and its CEO/co-owner Brian Douglas share a similar arc, with once humble beginnings slowly growing into accomplishment and greatness. F...

Pulling It All Together

I honestly believe that small/medium stores, in small/medium towns, with the average mix of common inventory, can no longer make it on walk-in retail alone. In ...