Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Best Music Store and Best Downtown Business Awards

SHERYL AND I are honored and humbled to learn Second String Music has been chosen Best Music Store in Quincy and Best Downtown Business in a recent Herald-Whig Reader's Choice poll.

To be honest, we forgot there was a poll. Sheryl had it included in our Whig advertising package but that was months ago. We read the paper, but mostly online. While times are tough in the newspaper industry, The Whig is still the media leader around here, and we still spend money on newspaper advertising - our sales rep, Joe Middendorf, is awesome. Why didn't he win the Best Maulers Drummer award? Jim Smith rocks!

There were more than 21,000 online votes and 15,000 paper votes cast. Voting took place in July, when there were still three music stores in town. The fact we won that category is gratifying but not surprising. The fact we won the Best Downtown Business is somewhat of a shock to us - there are all kinds of great businesses down here, and a lot of them took home awards from this poll.

I know what some people will say about this, but the votes were cast way before I came back on a very limited basis to help out in sports at the paper. We don't even get an employee discount on advertising and never did when I worked at the paper fulltime. Really, it's just a nice honor and a plaque to hang on the wall. And we'll use it for promotions and other things.

Business has been rocking in Second String Music. We thank you, our loyal customers, for supporting us in our wild five-year journey. We aren't here to win awards or get recognized - we are here to serve you and make sure you get the most for your dollar when you support a small and local music store. We also encourage you to support local musician, local music teachers and Vancil Performing Arts Music Department. We would be nothing without our local partners in musical crime.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!


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