Aurora, ON percussion shop Drummer's Hangout has received the Best New Business award from the Aurora Chamber of Commerce. The award was handed on Nov. 1 after multiple rounds of voting, with all Aurora businesses that have been open for three years or less being eligible.
Murat Baslamisli (pictured above, centre) is a drummer and longtime percussion retail specialist. The idea of opening a store that he himself would want to visit was at the heart of his decision to open Drummer’s Hangout in Aurora, ON, in the fall of 2015. As the name implies, he sought to offer more than just products for sale. “I wanted to create an environment for drummers and prospective drummers alike,” he tells Canadian Music Trade, “where they can hang out, have a drink, sit and watch drum DVDs from their favourite drummers, talk about them, compare them…” It’s the environment and overall experience that differentiates his shop from the many full-service MI retailers in the Greater Toronto Area.
After the winning the award, Baslamisli wrote online, "We cannot tell you how proud and humble we are for winning this prestigious award and it is because of all of you and the good people of the town of Aurora! Even to be nominated was surreal but actually winning this...Madness!"
For more information, go to www.drummershangout.ca.