NAMM Releases 2015 Top 100 Dealers List; Includes 4 Canadians

Top 100 DealersThe National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) has released the 2015 edition of its annual list of the Top 100 Dealers. The industry will celebrate the 2015 Top 100 Dealers, 2015’s Dealer of the Year, and seven other category winners during the Top 100 Dealer Awards Friday night, July 10 during Summer NAMM.

This year, there are four Canadian retailers that made the list. They are: Bluedog Guitars of North Vancouver, BC, L.A. Music of Mississauga, ON, Merriam Music of Oakville, ON, and Wentworth Music of Kelowna, BC.

“The NAMM Top 100 Dealers go beyond running a successful business, they are ambassadors for music and music education in their communities,” says Joe Lamond, president and CEO of NAMM. “They generously share their passion for music with both longtime customers and those just beginning their musical journey. What they add to their communities can best be measured in the number of lives positively impacted through music.”

An independent panel of judges evaluated retailers’ submissions across categories including customer service, music advocacy, store design, and promotions. NAMM’s Top 100 Dealers demonstrate overall merit and a consistent understanding of industry best practices. The judges then score the nominees to determine the category winners and Dealer of the Year that will be announced at the July 10 Awards event.

Excellence in eight categories will be recognized during the Top 100 Dealer Awards at Summer NAMM. New categories Best Store Turnaround, and Best Customer Service will be awarded alongside Best Store Design, Best Marketing and Sales Promotion, Best Online Engagement, Best Emerging Dealer, Music Makes a Difference Award, and Dealer of the Year at the Top 100 Dealer Awards.

All NAMM members are invited to the Top 100 Dealer Awards. Register online for Summer NAMM:

Top 100 Dealers are:

ABC Music Store & Academy – Benicia, CA
Alamo Music Center – San Antonio, TX
All County Music – Tamarac, FL
Amro Music – Memphis, TN
Andertons Music Co. – Surrey, UK
Andy’s Music – Mobile, AL
Antonio Violins – Cincinnati, OH
Arthur’s Music Store – Indianapolis, IN
Bailey Brothers Music Company – Montgomery, AL
Bananas At Large – San Rafael, CA
Beacock Music – Vancouver, WA
Bertrand’s Music – San Diego, CA
Bluedog Guitars – North Vancouver, BC
Blues Angel Music – Pensacola, FL
Bridgepoint Music – Menlo Park, CA
Brighton Music Center – New Brighton, PA
C.A. House Music – St. Clairsville, OH
Capo’s Music Store – Abingdon, VA
Carter Vintage Guitars – Nashville, TN
Central Instrument Co. – Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Chuck Levin’s Washington Music Center – Wheaton, MD
Contemporary Music Center – Haymarket, VA
Creative Music Center – Monroe, CT
Dietze Music House – Lincoln, NE
Easy Music Center – Honolulu, HI
Eatmybeats – Tuscaloosa, AL
Five Star Guitars – Hillsboro, OR
Flute Pro Shop – Wilmington, DE
George’s Music – Berwyn, PA
Gerry’s Music Shop – S. Hadley, MA
Guitar Center – Westlake Village, CA
Guitar-Repairs – Gams, CHE
Guitars Etc – Athens, TX
Heid Music – Appleton, WI
Hell Creek Music & More – Glendive, MT
Hollywood Piano Company – Burbank, CA
Hot Licks Guitar Shop – Waldorf, MD
Instrumental Music Center – Tucson, AZ
Island Music Company – La Plata, MD
Ken Stanton Music – Marietta, GA
Kidder Music – Peoria, IL
Kosmic Sound – Osborne Park, AUS
Kraft Music – Franklin, WI
L.A. Music – Mississauga, ON
Larry’s Music Center – Wooster, OH
LAWK STAR Guitars – Clackamas, OR
Legend Music – Manteca, CA
Lone Star Percussion – Dallas, TX
Lowe Vintage Instrument Company – Burlington, NC
Matt’s Music – Weymouth, MA
Merriam Music – Oakville, ON
Metalstring Sound – Durham, NC
Middle C Music – Washington, DC
Mike Risko Music – Ossining, NY
Mike’s Music of Maryland – Ellicott City, MD
Mississippi Music, Inc. – Hattiesburg, MS
Monster Music – Levittown, NY
Music Authority – Cumming, GA
Music Go Round – Minneapolis, MN
Music Inc. of Louisiana – Gonzales, LA
Music Villa – Bozeman, MT
Musical Innovations – Greenville, SC – South Burlington, VT
N Tune Music – Odessa, TX
NOVA Music Center – Manassas, VA
Paige’s Music – Indianapolis, IN
Pellegrino Music Center – Canton, OH
Piano Gallery – Bonita Springs, FL
Plum Grove Music – Lowell, IN
Progressive Music – McKeesport, PA
Progressive Music Center – Durham, NC
Quinlan & Fabish Music Co. – Burr Ridge, IL
Robert M. Sides Family Music Centers – Williamsport, PA
Royalton Music Center North – Royalton, OH
Sam Ash Music – Hicksville, NY
San Diego Music Studio – San Marcos, CA
Santa Barbara Guitar Bar – Santa Barbara, CA
Schmitt Music – Brooklyn Center, MN
Senseney Music, Inc. – Wichita, KS
Shoreline Music – Durango, CO
Skip’s Music – Sacramento, CA
Spicer’s Music – Auburn, AL
Springfield Music – Springfield, MO
Strings and Beyond – Southport, NC
Summerhays Music – Murray, UT
Ted Brown Music – Tacoma, WA
The Acoustic Shoppe – Springfield, MO
The Candyman Strings & Things – Santa Fe, NM
The Guitar Dude – Lighthouse Point, FL
The Music Den – Butler, NJ
The Music Room – Palatine, IL
The Music Store – Garland, TX
The Music Zoo – Roslyn, NY
Tobias Music – Downers Grove, IL
Uncle Ike’s Music & Sound – Dubuque, IA
Vintage King Audio – Ferndale, MI
Wentworth Music – Kelowna, BC
West Music – Coralville, IA
White House of Music – Waukesha, WI
Wondersound Music – Menomonee Falls, WI

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Michael Raine is the Editor-in-Chief at Canadian Musician, Canadian Music Trade, Professional Sound, and Professional Lighting & Production magazines. He also hosts the Canadian Musician Podcast.
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