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Pensacola Music Center Celebrates 25 Years
Bill and Margaret Dollarhide at their Pensacola store.
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Dollarhide's Music Center in downtown Pensacola is celebrating 25 years of business serving area music teachers and musicians.
Opened March 1, 1988, by Bill and Margaret Dollarhide, the business serves the music and music education communities with products and associated services including pianos, organs,
keyboards, tuning and repair and sheet music.
The Dollarhides moved to Pensacola from Mississippi where they were music teachers and in the music business. Both hold graduate and undergraduate music degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi.
5 Questions for Bill Dollarhide,
Dollarhide Music Center in Pensacola
Pensacola News Journal
business section, Sunday, March 3, 2013
Written by Carlton
Bill Dollarhide is president and co-owner of Dollarhide's Music Center on Palafox Place and an
active member of the downtown Pensacola business community.
A leading seller of high-quality pianos and organs along the central Gulf Coast, Dollarhide's
Music Center is celebrating 25 years in business.
Question: You started Dollarhide's Music Center on Palafox Place in
1988. How has downtown Pensacola changed during the past 25 years?
Answer: I think whatís
changed most is the general populationís acceptance of the downtown area. In 1988 nobody
wanted to come downtown unless you had you had to go there for a specific reason. Now with the
amount of small business investment and public sector investment in downtown, whatís happened
year by year is a higher level of acceptance of coming downtown to shop. The other thing thatís
changed is people are finally learning you can come downtown and find a place to park fairly
close to where you want to go.
Q: Has opening up Palafox Place to two-way traffic
A: Yes. Traffic in front of our store every day is five to 10 times greater than
it was when we first opened. Itís not just a little bit better, itís a whole lot better.
Q: How has your business evolved over the past 25 years?
A: Weíve been through
three recessions, and this last one was a big one. Over the past 25 years our focus has
changed. At one time we tried to be everything to everybody. We sold guitars, drum sets,
orchestra instrument. But then we found out from talking to consultants that if we really wanted
to survive we had to focus. So we closed those departments that were not our strength.
Q: So, now that youíre focusing on piano sales, how is business?
A: Itís on the way back.
We started seeing a return to robust sales in the fourth quarter of 2012. The first two months
of this year have been crazy good.
Q: What is driving those sales?
A: I think
itís a combination of pent up demand, of people finally walking in the store and making
decisions. And itís also being driven by what we see as a strong desire on the part of parents to
have their children participate in and learn how to play musical instruments.
Pensacola ABC affiliate WEAR TV covers Dollarhide's 25th