Monday, July 2, 2012

The Big Move

IT'S OFFICIAL. SECOND String Music is now at the corner of Fifth and Maine in an incredible space. Our first day just ended and it was huge, especially since we still don't have a sign on the door and we are relying on word of mouth and social media to get the word out. John Roope once again makes SSM history by being the first person to buy something in the new store. Sniff sniff ....

The move couldn't have gone more smoothly. Our last day in the old store is a blur now, with memories of epic jam sessions and lots of laughs. I went off to get Cheesey and Sheryl basically packed up the store Saturday night. See? Staying out of the way helps. Just ask Sheryl.

Sunday, right-hand man Frank Haxel and I were amazed at how organized and ready everything was to move. The guys started showing up, and I will forever be indebted to .... Steve Rees, Don VanDyke, Dale Winner, Jeff Vankanegan, Greg Ellery, Bill Calkins, The Mighty Adam Yates, Konnor Bland and Kohl Kerkhoff.

Last but not least, the legendary Alan Lawless showed up with "The Great White Buffalo," a big old white truck with a long ramp. I will never forget Bill, a Quincy Police Department officer, directing traffic on Eighth Street as Alan backed the truck to the door. "I need a vest and a whistle," Bill said. With so much good help, the heavy display cases and piano were no problem, and by 1:30 the old store was history and it was time for a cold beverage in the new location.

Don and Alan stuck around with Frank and helped with slotwall and other items. We even christened the place right with a little Sidewalk Chalk practice Sunday night.

It's good to have loyal customers and great friends. Sheryl and I thank you from the bottom of our hearts.  Second String Music is ready to take things to a new level.

Let the adventure begin!

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