Hello all, and happy 2019 to each and every one of you! I hope these first few days of the new year have treated you well. There are some really important and exciting things that I wanted to share with you as we look ahead to the next year.
First of all, I will be attending the 2019 NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) convention in Anaheim, CA the week of January 21. This is a HUGE convention that attracts anyone and everyone involved in any aspect of the music business: from performers to retailers, from small startups to the biggest name in musicians today. This is a very valuable time for me as a school music dealer; it allows me to try new products, meet with my representatives (it’s nice to put a face to the emails we send each other all year!), and learn a ton to help make me better at my job. Be sure to check back here for a recap of that visit after I’m back.
Paige’s Music and the Indy Flute Shop are also gearing up to start some exciting learning materials for each of the instruments we carry, including buying guides and updated videos with information about how to best choose an instrument for you or your student. We’re even getting a studio set up! Another thing to be sure to watch here on the blog.
And last, but certainly not least…I’m having a baby!! My husband and I are expecting our first child, a girl, in late April of this year. This has been a long and sometimes difficult journey for us, so we SO excited for the addition to our little family.
And I know what your next question is, and yes–I will be coming back to the Indy Flute Shop! I plan on taking about 3 months off, which, barring any unforeseen circumstances, will put me back to work around the end of July–just in time for back-to-school! The flute shop will still be fully open and functional while I am gone, and I will be educating our sales team so that they can help flutists to the best of their ability. I have no doubts that they will do a great job. Be sure to stay tuned for updates and contact information for when I am gone. Cheers to the new year!