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In a lot of other places, they would have been hesitant to venture into this, but after all, this is Nashville, and Nashville is Music City! "It is an integral part of the culture here - music is alive and well in this town," says Ripley. "Besides Vanderbilt and Belmont, we are in very close proximity to Music Row, and the W.O. Smith Music School where John has taught for years," says Simon.
Storefront Simon Ripley’s Music & Art Simon Ripley’s Music & Art is a brand Simon Ripley’s currently employs six carrying an in-depth supply of printed new MI store and art gallery located in staff members including John and Mi- music – until we opened.” Nashville, Tennessee. “We are a serious chael. The store itself is around 3,500 music store, but we’re also a serious art square feet, with 2,500 square feet dedi- Finding Their Niche store,” explains John Ripley, who runs cated to retail space, and the remaining One reason for Simon Ripley’s suc- the business along with his partner, Mi- area being turned into ofﬁces and studios, cess seems to be their knack for interact- chael Simon. “We have some really ﬁ ne which will host a lesson program in the ing with local musicians to learn what’s music themed art. Everything we dis- near future. “The concept is that we’re go- missing in the community. Recently when play currently is by local artists, and a ing to be very deep and attentive to sup- talking to some local studio perform- lot of them have national recognition. plies and accessories for every family of ers, their hard work paid off. “You mean One of the artists – and I should say instruments,” says Ripley, “Not just gui- you’re going to carry reeds? You’re really that the artists have been very support- tars and combo, but band and orchestra as going to carry reeds? There’s no place that ive of this type of venue – Greg Decker, well. We want to be attentive to the things you can buy them close to Nashville!” said when he was living in New York, taught that people need all the time to create mu- one saxophonist. “The concept is that this at the Museum of Modern Art. In addi- sic. In Nashville, there’s niches that are will be one of our calling cards,” says Ri- tion to his consigned art work, Greg did missing,” explains Ripley, “particularly in pley. “We’re going to be very deep in the the mural on the front of our customer printed music, which we’re also doing. Be- musician’s every day needs. All the tools service counter and in one of our rooms lieve it or not there was no place in David- and supplies that musicians need on a here,” says Ripley. son County or metro Nashville that was regular basis: that is our forte.” 18 MMR APRIL 2010 “We’re going to be very deep in the musician’s every day needs. All the tools and supplies that musicians need on a regular basis: that is our forte.” Simon agrees that their ability to rec- Simon points out that they’re not art with music is actually a common prac- ognize what’s missing has really helped the trying to be a one-stop shop, but rather tice in Europe, where proprietors consider store take hold. “We’re carrying 65 Amps a unique store that ﬁ lls in the gaps. In it a real honor to be in th
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