"Well, how did I get here?"
Here's my quick intro -- No, I've never owned a record store before, or any other kind of business. I have worked and managed a lot of retail stores over the years, but I've never once worked in a music store. I was a music critic for a brief time, many years ago, and music has always been my first love, even if I have no talent for creating it.
So why do I own a music store now? Well, I'd been a regular at Everyday Music (the previous store in this spot) for years, and caught wind they were closing. After a few moments of being incredibly bummed out, I got ancy. I had an idea, and as usual for me, it was an idea I'd not thought through in the least. I tried to sleep that night, but couldn't, because the idea just wouldn't let go The next morning, I talked to my wife about my harebrained idea, and she was intrigued. That's when the homework began, and without the faintest clue in what we were doing, I left my secure, but completely soul-destroying job, and we bought a music store.
So, with very little safety net, no knowledge in business ownership, but a shitload of passion, here I am. There will definitely be some changes around here, but nothing major. I'm here because I loved it, after all. Merch is coming, and new paint, and a new online presence, but this is functionally going to be a lot like it was previously.
Please, come in, say hi, make suggestions! Expect me to bring in as much as I can, starting with my favorite stuff. If you're a fan of industrial music, hip-hop, punk, or post-punk, you're in luck, at least to the degree that it's available. I'll keep expanding that as well, and do listen to plenty outside of that, so don't fret. Again, please give suggestions!
That said, welcome to the chaos. I hope you have a blast.