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    Exciting news -- Suncoast Audio goes brick and mortar

    It all started about a year ago. I began looking for a place to rent. Having a proper B&M store means not having people coming to my home, it means dedicated showrooms, it means B&M only brands and it means "holy crap, this is a real business now!"

    But for me, renting a place meant added pressure of that big monthly nut, something I did not want to undertake. Frankly, I like sleeping at night.

    So, I decided about 6 months ago to look for a place to buy. Buying instead of renting allowed me to get over one of my mental hurdles. If I was going to buy, I wanted something big enough to accomodate at least 3 large, 18 x 24 x 10 sized dedicated, properly setup, treated rooms. Back in August, I found a place in the Lakewood Ranch area of Sarasota, Florida. I made an offer and we closed back in September. I immediately hired an architect and got all the plans drawn up, submitted my application to permitting and we received the go ahead this past Friday at 3pm. By 5pm, demolition was underway! With the exception of the bathroom and the kitchen, the entire place was demolished!







    Some child labor! LOL.



    As of today demolition is complete, and framing has begun for the new rooms. Electrical (dedicated 20 amp circuits) is going in later this week, then the drywall, paint, carpeting, etc.

    My plan, as of now, is to show the following setups:

    Room 1: Focal/VAC/PS Audio/Pass/VPI/Aurender/Kimber
    Room 2: Magico/Vitus/Soulution/Aurender/Berkeley REF2/Chord DAVE/Shunyata Denali/Siltech
    Room 3: Vandersteen/Ayre/Lumin U1/AudioQuest/Niagra 7000

    ** Of course there will be plenty of other products on display like KL Audio, Lampi, etc. which can easily be put into the mix for auditioning purposes. **

    The Avantgarde's, Kronos, Triode amps, etc. will stay at my house and effectively offer me a fourth option for customers to audition.

    I will of course have plenty of other equipment I can circle in and out and swap around as needed.

    I will be treating all three rooms with Vicoustics and have already begun playing with some ideas via computer modeling.

    I'm hoping to be open by the beginning of the year, but have a sneaking suspicion it will be earlier than that.

    I will post back here as we make progress and keep everyone posted about the grand opening!
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    Re: Exciting news -- Suncoast Audio goes brick and mortar

    Awesome Mike, now I wonder how are you going to manage your "business " and now this adventure, should be fun.
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    Mike, congratulations & great to see you following your passion. Wish you all the success & really hope it's something that far exceeds your expectations.

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    Ayre?!? There's a waste of square footage.

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    Congratulations Mike! I remember the days before the inception of Audioshark when it was just a dream. You've come a long way. Can't wait to visit and cash in my coupons.
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    Very awesome Mike! Looking forward to the continued progress.
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    Exciting news -- Suncoast Audio goes brick and mortar

    Quote Originally Posted by joeinid View Post
    Congratulations Mike! I remember the days before the inception of Audioshark when it was just a dream. You've come a long way. Can't wait to visit and cash in my coupons.
    Thanks. For the record, I never wanted to be a dealer until after my Dad died in 2013 and my Mom died in early 2015. That's when it hit me: I no longer want to do what I don't love any more. I want to do what I love.

    It's definitely the fastest way to turn a large fortune into a small one! LOL.


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    www.suncoastaudio.com
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    Quote Originally Posted by joeinid View Post
    Congratulations Mike! I remember the days before the inception of Audioshark when it was just a dream. You've come a long way. Can't wait to visit and cash in my coupons.
    Speakers coupon...Buy one...Get one free. Not sure how that works.

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    Congratulations Mike. I know it will be a great place for audio.

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    congrats, Mike. Will be sure to visit when I go see my father on Anne Maria Island.
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