Catching Up at Capo’s Music Store

first_imgGill Braswell with his custom Larrivee OO-05.I first learned about the fine folks at Capo’s Music Store in Abingdon, Virginia, when I was looking for a guitar for my son about four years ago.  I had a line on a pretty good guitar from another retailer, but an internet search brought up Capo’s and I gave them a buzz before making a purchase.  I am certainly glad I did.  Gill Braswell, co-owner of Capo’s with his wife Amy, steered me in the direction of a beautiful Larrivee guitar that has been a perfect fit for my son.Amy and Gill met during their time working together at the vaunted Barter Theater in Abingdon.  Gill was a stage performer and a North Carolina native, Amy a local who spent a decade working on the theater’s logistical side.  I recently had the chance to catch up with them and chat about running the store and Gill’s own very special Larrivee guitar.BRO – This isn’t exactly the best economy in which to open a small business.  What drove your desire to open your music store?Gill – Amy and I put our heads together and tried to figure out what would keep us in this area, something that we enjoy and love to do.  Amy’s passion for the artistic side of things – the Appalachian history, art, and literature – and my passion for stringed instruments became Capo’s, a place where you can experience acoustic music and other cultural aspects of this region that we should all be proud about.Amy – We were both at a point in our careers where we were looking for that next step.  We don’t have kids, just Capo, our dog, and it was just the ideal time to do it.One of the things I found, marrying a musician and not being a musician myself, is that wherever we went, we ended up in a music store.  I started looking at music stores from the eyes of a non-player and tried to create an environment that would cater to players but would also be comfortable to spouses or others like myself that don’t play but get drug along.BRO – You guys are hosting lots of events that have engrained you in the local arts community.Amy – Sure.  We do host a weekly musical jam and recently were recognized recently as an affiliated member of the Crooked Road.  We also try to do a lot of educational programs – we offer summer camps, guitar camps, a really strong lesson program, and we try to host events in the spring, summer, and fall with workshops that bring people into the store.  Most are free or very low cost.  We also get out to lots of music festivals in the region and that has won us a lot of friends.Gill – We also offer the Capo’s Scholar Scholarship.  Every spring, we give two $250 scholarships to graduating seniors in the seven county area here in Southwest Virginia.  You don’t have to be going into music to earn the scholarship.  We see that as a way to give back to our community.BRO – How does a smaller store like Capo’s compete and survive against the big online retailers and box stores?Gill – There are a number of ways to tackle that.  Our ace in the hole is our ability to have a one-on-one conversation with our customers.  And, if they purchase an instrument from Capo’s, they get us, somebody to give them and their instrument personal attention.Amy – One of the advantages of being small is that we can create who we want to be.  We don’t have to go through a board of directors.  We pick and choose what we want to carry in the store.  One of the ways that we have made our niche in the worlds of bluegrass and old time is carrying small shop brands.  The instruments are very detail oriented and are made by master luthiers.  You can’t necessarily find them at big box retailers.  We have expanded that area over the last three years.  We have also taken advantage of social media and the internet.  We pop up on Google just like the big stores.BRO – Gill, I have heard about a pretty amazing Christmas present from Amy.  Tell me about your new guitar.Gill – Oh, yes.  That guitar sprung out of my sneaky wife asking me some very pointed questions – “If you could have any guitar, what size would it be?” and “What would the sides, back, and top be?” and “Would it have a natural or sunburst finish?”  I would just answer the questions, not really paying attention.  Amy went the extra mile by ordering a custom guitar from Larrivee, which turned out to be this beautiful OO-05 Custom.  Amy also sent them a picture of Capo, our boxer that is an incredibly important part of our lives.  Wendy Larrivee, the wife of company owner Jean Larrivee, does all of the custom inlay work for the company, and she made a masterpiece of this picture by inlaying Capo’s image in the headstock with abalone, mahogany, and rosewood.  It became a shimmering piece of art.  My jaw just dropped wide open and I couldn’t really say anything.  I just sat there and picked this beautiful guitar.BRO – Amy, I hope he got you something just as nice.Amy – Not yet, but he’s working on it!Any visit to Abingdon, Virginia, demands a visit to Capo’s Music Store.  Take a minute and wander the rooms, which are stocked with beautiful stringed instruments for any budget.  Take a couple down and pick a bit.  Most likely, someone will join in.  You can read more about Capo’s Music Store at read more

Tampa man sentenced in CU takeover-illegal Bitcoin operation

first_img continue reading » New court documents stemming from Tuesday’s sentencing of a Florida man revealed more than $60 million in ACH transactions was processed through a small New Jersey credit union that was commandeered to operate an illegal Bitcoin operation.Anthony Murgio of Tampa, the creator and operator of, an unlicensed online Bitcoin exchange that defrauded financial institutions for years to process illegal transactions, was sentenced to five and a half years in prison by U.S. District Court Judge Alison J. Nathan in New York City.Federal prosecutors asked Judge Nathan to impose a 10 to 12 year prison sentence given Murgio’s blatant criminal conduct. What’s more, the NCUA also asked the federal judge in a letter to give Murgio the “maximum sentence allowed under the federal sentencing guidelines.”In January, Murgio pleaded guilty to conspiring to operate an unlicensed money transmitting business, conspiring to commit wire fraud and bank fraud, and conspiring to obstruct an NCUA examination. 29SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Klinedinst resigns from SRMC Health Care Authority Board after being appointed a few months earlier

first_imgby James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — City officials are looking for a new member for the Health Care Authority Board the group that is in charge of the Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington.At Tuesday night’s meeting it was announced that Tami Klinedinst had resigned from the board. She was appointed just a few months ago. She ran for mayor in the last election and wanted to be involved in the community.Tami KlinedinstKlinedinst is a director at Wellington Health and Rehab, a long-term healthcare facility.Klinedinst said she had to make a “hard personal choice,” why she chose to resign. She said she needed to devote more time to her job and to her son, who is 11.She said she felt like she had let people down by resigning, but she felt she needed to make that decision.Applications will be accepted through September 3 by the city.  The term runs through April 30, 2017, and people would be applying to fill the remainder of the term. The city council will consider applicants and choose one to serve on the board. If there are no applicants, or if the city wants more applications, the deadline may be extended.One member of the board may reside outside the city limits, so applications can be accepted from non residents.The Health Care Authority directs the hospital and other health care services by operating the city hospital or any other such care service, as the authority deems proper.  Meetings of the Health Care Authority are at 7:30 a.m. on the third Thursday of each month. Anyone interested in being considered for appointment to the position should submit an application to the City Clerk’s office by 5:00 p.m. on September 3. The application form is available in the City Clerk’s Office or is available on the City website on the Board and Commissions page. For questions or additional information, please contact Shane Shields, City Clerk, ph 620-326-2811.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (2) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +2 Vote up Vote down Guest · 260 weeks ago Normally, monthly board meetings are the third Thursday of each month at 12:00 noon, not 7:30 am. The August meeting was held at 7:30 am due to a conflict with the normal noon meeting time. Report Reply 0 replies · active 260 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down NPD · 259 weeks ago Is that a glamour shot by Deb? Report Reply 0 replies · active 259 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more