Shine A Light

Senseney Makes Sense

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...

‘The Candyman Can’

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, ...
Monster Teaches Us A Lesson

Monster Teaches Us A Lesson

Monster Teaches Us A Lesson By Rebecca Apodaca Brian Reardon was a sheet music sales rep when he met JD Sarantakos, who started Island Wide Music and who...

‘You’re My Customer’

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...

‘Get Dressed And Go To Work’

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 ...

‘Eat A Bug’?

By Rebecca Apodaca It could be said that Gordy Wilcher dropped “da bomb” of a music store on Owensboro KY when Owensboro Music Center (OMC) was founded in 19...
Elderly Instruments

‘Elderly,’ And Definitely Wiser

By Rebecca Apodaca For a man who runs a music store called Elderly Instruments, Stan Werbin is hard to keep up with, even in his speech. He was difficult to ...
Corner Music

‘The Tool Store For Musicians’

By Rebecca Apodaca As a sales rep for Aria Guitars, the road got weary quickly for 28-year-old Larry Garris. He sold his house and his car for a total prof...

Out Of The Ashes

By Rebecca Apodaca In 1958, Chuck Levin’s mother owned a pawn shop in Washington D.C. Eventually, Chuck evolved it into a music store down the street. All we...

When Times Get Tough

By Rebecca Apodaca With a degree in music and a certification in Musical Instrument Repair, I founded A & D Music in 1978. It began as a school rental an...