TLC Bethlehem – Circa 2010
Having made the “formal” announcement of the moving of our Bethlehem studio to a new location later this fall – I wanted to take a moment to say something from the heart. I never would have imagined 10 years ago that I would (a) be married to my soulmate, (b) be a business owner and (c) have my life’s work be something that changes peoples lives, hundreds of them, the young and young at heart – every week. Just…wow.
When Billy Kounoupis stopped my boyfriend (of 3 months) over our breakfast at the diner and asked, “Aren’t you that guitar player guy? Do you teach? And, can’t you do that here?” Neither of us could envision being where we are now, almost ten years later. From three tiny rooms in an old “Verizon Wireless” storefront next to Billy’s – to four locations across the Lehigh Valley and over 40 teachers – it’s well, mind-blowing.
My daughters (now almost grow) in the original waiting room of TLC Bethlehem.
I want to say, first and foremost, THANK YOU, to Billy. Without his vision and persistance, his friendship and his mentorship, we would never be where we are today. The choice to move our flagship location away from it’s Broad Street home was not an easy one. But, I’ll be frank — the BPA made the decision for us. One of the most important ingredients in running a successful Lesson Center is HAPPY PARENTS. And, you don’t get happy parents when they’re stressing about parking tickets and rushing to beat the meter maids to the curb.
I also want to ensure out students, parents and the Bethlehem community that we are going to remain a vital part of downtown Bethlehem. Whether we move completely or retain a presence at 6 E Broad for some time to come – Bethlehem is the heart of TLC. But, at the same time, we’re amazingly excited about what this move means to our ability to impart a love of music on our students. New interactive lesson experiences, a recital/performance space on-site, group lesson offerings, music lessons for our youngest students, and so much more. The future is so inspiring!
Jeff and I at TLC Bethlehem
As so many of you well know – the next several months of construction mean that my husband will be wearing his “Bob the Builder” hard hat (at least he better be! – no more accidents) and that I’ll be doing my best to hold the reigns as we enter our 10th fall season. We’ve got so many cool things planned. Lots of great opportunities for our students to perform. Weekly features of students, old and new, at all four locations. A new monthly cabaret, featuring both student and teacher
performers. And, a bunch of fun stuff on tap for the 10 Year Anniversary in 2014.
I am so looking forward to this next year. Thank you ALL for being a part of our TLC community. Without you, it’s just brick and mortar.