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Downtown Piano Works honored

Named best emerging dealer

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Posted: Wednesday, July 18, 2012 12:00 am

Downtown Piano Works in Frederick is being honored as an outstanding part of the community and beyond.

The business, owned by Dan and Theresa Shykind, opened in October 2008 at 74 S. Market St. The couple had met while working at Jordan Kitt's, a major music store chain, when they managed different stores for the company.

The store has won a national honor. The National Association of Music Merchants presented its Best Emerging Dealer Award to the Shykinds at the association's trade show in Nashville, Tenn.

The largest all-Yamaha piano dealer in Maryland, Downtown Piano Works expects to have gross sales in excess of $2 million in 2012. The store has also more than 180 students enrolled in its music school.

"We were shocked," Dan Shykind said in a telephone interview.

The association presents several awards, Shykind said. "To be eligible for the top award, you have to be in business five years, we have only been in four years."

The shop was also named one of America's Top 100 Dealers earlier this year, according to a news release from the national group.

Downtown Piano Works received the Community Leader Award last year from the Frederick County Business Advisory Committee.

The business has provided pianos for events at the Weinberg Center for the Arts and held free concerts with world-class musicians. During a snowstorm in 2010, the Shykinds provided a piano to the White House for a PBS concert.

The awards were judged by a panel of expert judges not affiliated with the association, according to a news release.

"Downtown Piano Works received this recognition because of their efforts and business exemplified the best category among peers in the music instrument and product retailing from around the country," according to the association's statement.

AT A GLANCE WHAT: Downtown Piano Works WHERE: 74 S. Markt St., Frederick INFORMATION:

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