Triple Played: So many to thank on Triple Play’s 25th
It was 25 years ago today — May 10, 1988 — we turned the key and opened Triple Play Records at 419 Main St.
Since then, our family grew from three to four, Triple Play moved twice and became the store it is now and one of which we are very proud. Time really does fly when you are having fun, and it definitely has been fun, most of the time, for a quarter century.
It is true that if you love what you do for a living, it really isn’t work. It is your life. I like to joke that if you work for someone for 25 years, you may get a retirement dinner and a gold watch, but if you own a business that long you just keep having your rent raised.
Part of the satisfaction comes from your longevity as it takes a lot of hard work and perseverance along with a little luck to stay in business.
You also need good help to have any chance for success. We have been blessed to have some great help. Thanks to Brian, Doug, Adele, Julie, Nikki, Robyn, Meagen, Ryan and Mike just to name a few. You know who you are, and we couldn’t have done it without you.
What it also takes to raise a business is a family and their support. Look at businesses such as Benges Shoe Store, Enstrom Candies and Page-Parsons Jewelers. Each of them are at least three times older than Triple Play and all are family businesses. Someone in the second and sometimes third generation of those families decided to keep the business going. It’s their passion for their work that has made them successful.
Success to me means going out on your own terms, and we haven’t come to that time at Triple Play. I have no idea how much longer we will be around, no one does. What I do know is that if it weren’t for my parents, my wife and our children, Triple Play would not have lasted five years.
My parents helped us get started and have been very supportive since. Both of our children have helped in the store for years, with our son Matthew being instrumental in our transformation from a little old record store to the audio and visual experience that we are now.
However, none of this would have happened without my wife Kenda having a steady, well-paying job with benefits for the past 25-plus years and her willingness to understand why I work most Fridays and Saturdays.
Just as important is you, the customer. Without you there would have been no business. From the start we always tried to listen to you and find you what you want no matter what it took. It is you, the customer, who also has helped us shape the store over the years.
To thank you for all of your support those years we will have our first ever comprehensive yard sale/music blowout Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the Art and Jazz Festival. There will be thousands of titles available out on the sidewalk. Cassettes will be $1, LPs will be $2 and CDs will be $3. There will be specials in the store as well as live local music on Friday and Saturday. Ten percent of our net sales from the weekend will go to Grand Junction High School’s music department.
We hope to see you this weekend so we can personally thank you for your support.