Yavar's Farewell to Joel's Classical Shop
Tuesday, August 7, 2012 at 3:24 AM
Joel's Classical Shop

Hello everyone,

For a few weeks now, I've been sharing this news with some of you in person, but it is now long past time that I let you all know I am leaving Joel's Classical Shop. This coming Sunday the 12th, my wife Francesca and I will be leaving Houston and moving to Santa Fe, New Mexico. A couple of months ago we were both accepted to our dream school, St. John's College. We have both wanted for a long time to return to school full time and we've decided to finally take the plunge. We stumbled across St. John's about a year ago thanks to this article in the New Yorker. If you're curious what could entice me away from a great job like working at Joel's, but are unfamiliar with St. John's unique curriculum, take a look at their website and watch some of their videos.

I am glad I was here long enough to witness a true milestone: Joel's Classical Shop celebrated it's 10th Anniversary in June. Think about that for a moment. Joel Greenspan started his business in 2002, after downloads had already gained a lot of traction in the music industry. That took some guts. As an independent brick-and-mortar store specifically catering to lovers of classical music, it's pretty unique -- at this point probably the last of its kind left on this continent. Houston is lucky to have it! Much credit should also go to Michael Sumbera, my colleague at the Shop for nearly the entire time I've been here. He's gutsy, too: For those of you who didn't already know, he bought the shop from Joel last September, ensuring its future, hopefully for years to come. Every week we have new customers discover us who are amazed and delighted that we exist. There's just something special about being able to browse in a classical oasis, rather than just shopping by surfing the web. All of you can continue to help out by telling your family, friends, and acquaintances about Joel's. You might just make their day!

If anyone would like to stop by and see me before I go, I'll be in the shop Tuesday afternoon to closing, and all day Wednesday. I may stop in briefly once more before we leave but those are your best bets. Also, if anyone would like to take advantage of my expertise in film music, we are having a special two day sale: Tuesday and Wednesday, all film music (including used titles and new releases) is 10% off! Come stock up on Goldsmith, Williams, Korngold, Rozsa, Waxman, Tiomkin, Bernstein, and Barry. If you stubbornly resist the joys of film music, don't fret because we have something for everyone: for the entire month of August the entire Harmonia Mundi label is also 10% off as well!

I have long delayed writing this message because it is so hard to say goodbye to Joel's and all of you. When Joel first hired me two years ago, I had no idea how attached I would get to the place, or how much of myself I would put into it. At first I concentrated on aesthetics, like putting posters and LP covers up on the walls, rearranging the look and organization of the place a bit. And then I really started getting to know all of you. Sharing my passion for music with such warm and welcoming folks as yourselves has given me a great sense of purpose and belonging, which I will take with me. I hope in some way I have similarly touched many of you.

Your Friend in Music,
Yavar Moradi

P.S. If you can't make it into the store to say goodbye, please feel free to leave any comments here.

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