Friday 11/3/2006 ~ Tell folks
Hey! Can you do me a favor? Thanks!!
I'll explain below.
I remember back in June of `86,
when I moved Pittsburgh Guitars from Bloomfield (a small, friendly
Pittsburgh suburb on the other side of the Bloomfield Bridge)
to the South Side (in 1986 it was nothing but bars, antique stores
and boarded-up buildings).
The semi-run-down South Side
neighborhood didn't bother me. (Although, on my first day an
old lady in an antique store across the street asked, "Why
did you move here? No one ever shops on the South Side!")
There was something I liked about the area. I thought it had
potential. My biggest concern was how I could find enough guitars
to fill such a large showroom...
Well, now twenty years, four
months and fifteen days later, the South Side is a booming, successful
business district; and at Pittsburgh Guitars we have every nook
and cranny of the showroom filled! Which is particularly impressive
when you consider that we're not really sure which are the nooks
and which are the crannies...
But what you can't see (in behind-the-scenes-land)
is how crowded our basement is. And it's crowded because of three
facets of Pittsburgh Guitars: (1) guitar sales, (b) guitar repairs,
and (iii) guitar lessons.
-With regard to sales, the store
has exceeded all of my expectations. (Actually, I didn't really
have any expectations... but if I *did*, this would have exceeded
them!) We sell lots of guitars and we have lots of back-up inventory,
both new and used.
-With regard to repairs, Scott
is up to his eyeballs in guitars, both customer work and store
set-ups. (He does a lot of store work because we re-string and
completely set-up every used guitar before we put it out for
sale.) (Last week I tried to hand him a guitar and nearly tripped
over his cranny.)
-With regard to lessons, we love
John Purse. But his schedule is mostly full, and every day we
have to turn away potential guitar students. We could add more
instructors (John will always be our favorite!) but we don't
have the space for more lesson rooms.
The bottom line: We're maxed
out. The need: Some sort of expansion. The dilemma: I love the
South Side. We've been here longer than many of our customers
have been alive. The solution: Yesterday I bought a building
one block away!
So, after twenty years, five
months and twelve days, at 1409 East Carson Street, on December
1st, Pittsburgh Guitars is moving to 1305 East Carson Street.
(One block, toward Station Square, same side of the street.)
The showroom is about the same size, but we'll now have an entire
three-story building for the business. We'll have lots more guitars,
lots more lessons, and Scott will have a repair shop worthy of
his talents. It will be an exciting new time for the store.
I'm sure over the next few weeks
we'll think of some clever promotions for our grand "One-Block-Away
Re-Opening." (Although, it won't exactly be a "re-opening"
since we're never gonna close. One day we'll just walk all of
the guitars down the street, and, voila, we'll be there.) I'll
write more about those promotions once I think of `em.
In the mean time, here's the
favor I asked about: Could you mention this to someone? Just
say, "Hey, did you hear Pittsburgh Guitars is moving one
block away?" I don't know how many people are on this list
`cause we have the list in giant paragraph form, but let's say
there's a thousand or two... If YOU tell a couple of people,
and THEY tell a couple of people, based on a complicated mathematical
formula I've just worked out, by December 1st approximately 3,647,823
people will know! Thanks! I'll make it up to you with another
twenty-seven years of good, quality Pittsburgh Guitars service.
See you soon,
PS: The performance list for
the November 28th "Big Beatles Show II" is filling
up! Call John for a spot! (He may be helping me paint most of
next week, but call the store an leave a message. He'll call
you back between coats.)
PPS: Customer web site:
Army of Anyone
(The new band of the DeLeo brothers from the Stone Temple Pilots.)
(They were in the store last week and told us they're still using
the guitars and amps they bought from us in 1995. Dean DeLeo
still plays the wine colored Les Paul Custom we sold him. He
loves it!) (It was previously owned by Ed Masley from the Frampton