So a couple of other local businesses that are stocking my CDs are Crossroads Music and Cake Bakeshop. You can probably guess a little about what they do based on their names. What they have I’m common is being more child friendly than other stores of their ilk.
Cake has this lovely little play area, with a fully stocked drawing table, for littlies right under the front window. As well as making cakes (of the small and special cup variety mostly) it’s also something of a cafe, so you can have coffee and cake while the kids play. Nice.
Crossroads sells guitars (and some other instruments too, but mainly guitars) and fixes them. They’re the only place to go really for that service. Kev, the owner, and his team really know what they’re doing and treat their regulars (and all Crossroads customers fast become regulars) really well.
But the thing that really made me want to have my music there is how they’re set up for guitar lessons. Most music-shops run music lessons, but Crossroads really treat encouraging the playing of guitar as a focus.
They’ve multiple rooms and a variety of teachers, with different backgrounds and specialties, working on a casual basis, so it’s easy to find a teacher and a time to suit. I know kids as young as 5 go there to learn, as do teenagers and adults (beginners and advanced players). And there’s no need to sell your soul to learn there, as far as I know.
These are cupcakes not guitars but the love for what they do is the same at both shops.