Here at Blokas, we decided that the time has come for us to explore the option to start working with retailers. It would be the next logical step for the Midihub project from a supply chain perspective. Getting Midihub on store shelves and in demo areas would further raise both product and our, as a brand, awareness. It would also minimize some concerns people have when buying a new device online from a small Lithuanian company.
I am reaching out to ask you all to share your favorite local stores (city or countrywide) that you like spending time in and which, in your opinion, could be a great fit for Midihub.
It would be interesting to hear what aspects of a store you value the most, e.g., gear selection, demo area, helpful staff, location, prices, etc.?
This is uncharted territory for us, and there is only so much “real” info we can get from visiting store pages online and checking images on Google. Any suggestions would be really beneficial!
In the U.K.
Music Matter - https://www.musicmatter.co.uk
I can recommend the shop and staff at my local Music Matter store:
Music Matter, B8 Ribble Court
Red Scar Business Park
My favorite local store is “Musikhaus Korn” in Leipzig/Germany with subsidiaries in Dresden, Halle, Chemnitz and Oschatz. You always get a good advice there, prices can compete with large online stores. If you’re in doubt which product to buy, they always offer to order the gear for your and you can test it in the stores as you like. Straight forwared refund process.
Second that - whatever other deals you might end up doing, in Europe start from Thomann. It’s not exactly local, more like ubiquitous…
Edit: OTOH, if you’re only getting your feet wet, maybe starting from the biggest can be a little daunting. As for the original question, local places: most of the Finnish stores (online or otherwise) don’t even seem to have a category where MidiHub would fit in. Perhaps Verkkokauppa.com, which is more like a Finnish miniature-Amazon than an audio-gear store, but it’s kinda the go-to place for gadgets that nobody else here carries.