The Candyman Strings & Things

The Candyman Strings & Things

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An ad for the old location, from The Santa Fe New Mexican, September 23, 1973
wear mask , but, no pants?
so I hear the owner guy is going to do a male stripper routine at the next open mic. Is that true?
Ma*****na is legal (in most states). Haircuts are not. It took fifty years, but the hippies have finally won.
Hey Rand, Cindy - Moon needs an over haul. He needs new tuning pegs. Also a total over haul. He is acting out of wack. I'm missing tuning pegs. So I can't tune him. So he sounds well batty as all heck. I need to know. How much that would cost me.

Thanks,
Raven
Cindy, Rand, I put together some instructions for musicians to stream to Facebook that might help get people up and performing on-line relatively inexpensively.

There are also easy ways of setting up a "tip jar" so that the audience can support the musician on line. If this is of use to you and your customers please fell free to post. I'll be happy to answer questions.
so a blond lady's weedwacking her yard and accidentally wacks her cat's tail off hiding in the grass.
She grabs the cat and it's tail and rushes down to wallmart.
Why Walmart?
Because it's the largest retailer in the country.
We love you Candyman Strings and things! Don't worry.🎸
My prayers and love to you all.
for anyone who comes to this page, just know—this business has taken care of me for over 20 years, and every last musician I know in santa fe can say the same. it's owned and staffed by some of the best people i've ever met—it's that kind of place that makes other businesses sees cold because its people love so hard, help so much and give to the community with unprecedented frequency and kindness. whatever else, happens, santa fe, let us rally around this institution in the coming weeks. i know i will.
Love you Candyman!!
https://youtu.be/BuR7Aw8pf6Y I just want to share this awesome review of all the different types of strings available for the ukulele. I think this guy is very comprehensive. Cheers

New Mexico's Premier Musical Store and Music Education Center! New Mexico’s go-to place for musical instruments and accessories, rentals, repairs, music education and commercial installation!

We've got musical instruments and accessories galore! Don't want to buy? We have an awesome rental program! Need repairs? We do em! Need lessons? We give em! Need community? We've got it. Summer Rock Camps for kids, clinics, workshops, seminars, round-table discussions, Wanna Play Experiences, contests and more. Other ways to connect:
www.twitter.com/CandymanMusic
www.youtube.com/TheCandymanChannel

Operating as usual

Photos from The Candyman Strings & Things's post 04/14/2021

Photos from The Candyman Strings & Things's post

The Music Industry’s Guide to Podcasting 04/13/2021

The Music Industry’s Guide to Podcasting

Some really great tips!

The Music Industry’s Guide to Podcasting In this session, Tom Webster, Edison Research senior vice president, walks you through the current state of podcasting and how musicians and the businesses that serve them can profit from this growing consumer trend. Webster focuses on the music industry’s opportunities in podcasting and looks at ...

2021 New Mexico Music Awards Finalists – New Mexico Music Awards 04/03/2021

2021 New Mexico Music Awards Finalists – New Mexico Music Awards

Congratulations to The Candyman's own, Chris Riggins, and so many of our amazing and talented friends and customers who made the cut. This year's event is going to be epic!

2021 New Mexico Music Awards Finalists – New Mexico Music Awards Finalists: Please review the information listed and send any corrections to us at [email protected] Put the word “Corrections into the subject line and we will make the corrections as soon as possible. Listings are as follows unless otherwise indicated Artist Title Producer(s) ...

03/31/2021

The Candyman Team is taking advantage of the Easter holiday to treat ourselves to a company retreat of camping, hiking, ATV riding, and campfire jamming. (Don't worry, we'll be sure to social distance, sanitize our hands, and wear our masks.)

We will be closing at 4:00pm on Saturday
and will be closed on Sunday.

We wish everyone a fun-in-the-sun weekend and a beautiful Easter celebration!

The Candyman Team is taking advantage of the Easter holiday to treat ourselves to a company retreat of camping, hiking, ATV riding, and campfire jamming. (Don't worry, we'll be sure to social distance, sanitize our hands, and wear our masks.)

We will be closing at 4:00pm on Saturday
and will be closed on Sunday.

We wish everyone a fun-in-the-sun weekend and a beautiful Easter celebration!

03/30/2021

As Women's Month comes to a close, can we just take a moment to say, The women of The Candyman rock!

As Women's Month comes to a close, can we just take a moment to say, The women of The Candyman rock!

03/26/2021

It's been like the good ole' days around The Candyman this week! Look who came to visit and offer to help with some repair work.

It's been amazing getting some time to catch up with a good friend. He'll always be Candyman Sam to us!

It's been like the good ole' days around The Candyman this week! Look who came to visit and offer to help with some repair work.

It's been amazing getting some time to catch up with a good friend. He'll always be Candyman Sam to us!

03/22/2021

The Candyman's very own, Cindy Cook, will be a guest speaker for a very important event tomorrow, March 23rd (10:30 MST), along with music and arts champion, Representative Suzanne Bonamici!

If you are an advocate for, or stakeholder in, ensuring music education for every child, please tune in. Consider posting your burning question during the event to be answered live!

Speakers: Cindy Cook, Co-Owner, Director of Marketing and Education, The Candyman Strings & Things; Geoff Metts, Owner, Five Star Guitars; Jeremie Murfin, Owner, Five Star Guitars; John Mlynczak, Managing Director, Noteflight, Hal Leonard; Laura Kaye, Vice President, Electrify Your Symphony; Mark Wood, President, Electrify Your Symphony; and Ted Gee, President and CEO, Live Music Tutor.

FIND OUT MORE and REGISTER by clicking the link below.
https://www.nammfoundation.org/articles/2021-03-12/music-education-action-alert-update-special-guest-congresswoman-suzanne-bonamici?fbclid=IwAR2rdvEz5Qz9tTzHwQphbLSF4lrZNLBks-EER9bN9uL__m-9WE7ao_L47hU

The Candyman's very own, Cindy Cook, will be a guest speaker for a very important event tomorrow, March 23rd (10:30 MST), along with music and arts champion, Representative Suzanne Bonamici!

If you are an advocate for, or stakeholder in, ensuring music education for every child, please tune in. Consider posting your burning question during the event to be answered live!

Speakers: Cindy Cook, Co-Owner, Director of Marketing and Education, The Candyman Strings & Things; Geoff Metts, Owner, Five Star Guitars; Jeremie Murfin, Owner, Five Star Guitars; John Mlynczak, Managing Director, Noteflight, Hal Leonard; Laura Kaye, Vice President, Electrify Your Symphony; Mark Wood, President, Electrify Your Symphony; and Ted Gee, President and CEO, Live Music Tutor.

FIND OUT MORE and REGISTER by clicking the link below.
https://www.nammfoundation.org/articles/2021-03-12/music-education-action-alert-update-special-guest-congresswoman-suzanne-bonamici?fbclid=IwAR2rdvEz5Qz9tTzHwQphbLSF4lrZNLBks-EER9bN9uL__m-9WE7ao_L47hU

The Sound of Music Education 03/19/2021

The Sound of Music Education

The Sound of Music Education While basic Zoom limitations abound, remote learning lets teachers hear their students better

03/16/2021

Ahh, March 16th. Otherwise known as Idris Elba Day at The Candyman.

It was a year ago today, that we made the decision to cease all operations at The Candyman within about 10 minutes of the global newsbreak that Idris had tested positive for COVID. (Idris had been in our store a couple of days before that.) We were the first business in New Mexico to close due to COVID.

Ahh, March 16th. Otherwise known as Idris Elba Day at The Candyman.

It was a year ago today, that we made the decision to cease all operations at The Candyman within about 10 minutes of the global newsbreak that Idris had tested positive for COVID. (Idris had been in our store a couple of days before that.) We were the first business in New Mexico to close due to COVID.

03/15/2021

In celebration of International Teach Music Week, The Candyman is providing a free 30-minute introductory lesson to the first 10 people to sign up!

Lessons are provided on the instrument of your choice. Don't have your own instrument? Borrow one of ours!

Which musical instrument have YOU always wanted to play? Already play another instrument? Try a different one!

Lessons must be scheduled during Teach Music Week, but do not have to be taken during this week. We can work with your schedule.

Contact Jayda at 983-5906 or [email protected] if you're interested.

In celebration of International Teach Music Week, The Candyman is providing a free 30-minute introductory lesson to the first 10 people to sign up!

Lessons are provided on the instrument of your choice. Don't have your own instrument? Borrow one of ours!

Which musical instrument have YOU always wanted to play? Already play another instrument? Try a different one!

Lessons must be scheduled during Teach Music Week, but do not have to be taken during this week. We can work with your schedule.

Contact Jayda at 983-5906 or [email protected] if you're interested.

Jaws (1975) - Deleted Scene 03/15/2021

Jaws (1975) - Deleted Scene

We were today years old when we realized there was a music store scene cut from Jaws. Spielberg cut it because he felt it would taint the viewer's perception of Quint.

https://youtu.be/wfX1MkMazwc

Jaws (1975) - Deleted Scene Quint goes into a music store to buy some piano wire and decides to torment a child while he's at it

Best of Santa Fe 2021 03/15/2021

Best of Santa Fe 2021

Last day to nominate!

We'd appreciate your nomination again this year.

𝐋𝐨𝐜𝐚𝐥 𝐋𝐢𝐯𝐢𝐧𝐠
Best Business on St. Michael's Drive
Best Place to Work

𝐊𝐢𝐝𝐬
Best Summer Program for Youth
Best Youth Arts Program

Best of Santa Fe 2021 Best of Santa Fe 2021


03/13/2021

Our New Conference Room and Staff Lounge!

We're expanding and wanted to show off how our new conference room and staff lounge is coming along. Still need to add artwork, but its shaping up!

Our New Repair Shop is Taking Shape! 03/12/2021

Our New Repair Shop is Taking Shape!

The Candyman is expanding! The Candyman Center tenant, Barkin' Attic, sadly did not survive the pandemic, so we are taking over the space. This allows for a much larger, and much needed space for our repair shop. We still have some work to do on it, but thought we'd provide a sneak peek to show how its shaping up! Stay tuned for future sneak peeks on other expansion areas.

Our New Repair Shop is Taking Shape! The Candyman is expanding! Take a peek at how our new repair shop is coming along.

03/09/2021

The Candyman is moving forward with plans to host Summer Rock Camp 2021, despite uncertainty amid the pandemic. We are encouraged as positive cases are decreasing and vaccines are getting out. The summer looks bright!

We can't predict the future, we can only hope for the best. Research has clearly shown that camps can operate with the ability to effectively mitigate coronavirus risks and we plan to follow proven and effective practices to keep everyone safe.

Follow the link to to learn more and to sign up!
https://www.candymansf.com/summer-rock-camp

The Candyman is moving forward with plans to host Summer Rock Camp 2021, despite uncertainty amid the pandemic. We are encouraged as positive cases are decreasing and vaccines are getting out. The summer looks bright!

We can't predict the future, we can only hope for the best. Research has clearly shown that camps can operate with the ability to effectively mitigate coronavirus risks and we plan to follow proven and effective practices to keep everyone safe.

Follow the link to to learn more and to sign up!
https://www.candymansf.com/summer-rock-camp

Best of Santa Fe 2021 03/02/2021

Best of Santa Fe 2021

We'd appreciate your nomination again this year!

𝐋𝐨𝐜𝐚𝐥 𝐋𝐢𝐯𝐢𝐧𝐠
Best Business on St. Michael's Drive
Best Place to Work

𝐊𝐢𝐝𝐬
Best Summer Program for Youth
Best Youth Arts Program

Best of Santa Fe 2021 Best of Santa Fe 2021

Restaurants prepare to bring back live performances 03/02/2021

Restaurants prepare to bring back live performances

Restaurants prepare to bring back live performances ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Restaurants and breweries have the green light to bring back live performances and the state is clarifying what is and is not allowed. The Public Health Order has ch…

'Your Room Will Be Ready', a Royal Albert Hall film narrated by Mick Jagger | #RAH150 02/25/2021

'Your Room Will Be Ready', a Royal Albert Hall film narrated by Mick Jagger | #RAH150

Your room will be ready and we can't wait!

'Your Room Will Be Ready', a Royal Albert Hall film narrated by Mick Jagger | #RAH150 Watch legendary moments in music history, alongside appearances from artists, athletes and activists, in this tribute to live music and performance, narrated...

Drum lessons help improve life of New Mexico man with microcephaly 02/22/2021

Drum lessons help improve life of New Mexico man with microcephaly

Today's edition of The Santa Fe New Mexican showcases an article by Dillon Mullan, who tells Arnold's story beautifully!

As a reminder, The Candyman won the global 2020 Music Makes a Difference Award by telling the story of Arnold, a very special drum student in our music education program.

Drum lessons help improve life of New Mexico man with microcephaly Nothing has impacted Arnold Montero's life quite like percussion: Since 2011, he has been taking drumming lessons at the Candyman Strings and Things.

88 MORE Ways Music Can Change Your Life 02/20/2021

88 MORE Ways Music Can Change Your Life

We're so excited to share with you that the “88 Ways Music” book series is a huge supporter of music and music education - something you know that we love.

The 2nd book in the series “88 MORE Ways Music Can Change Your Life” was recently published (with stories of two very special Candyman music students!) and features over 100 NEW inspiring stories of how music affected people’s lives, sometimes dramatically.

Trust us when we say “these stories will lift your spirits and belief in the human potential”. Would you consider purchasing either the eBook ($5.99) or paperback edition ($14.99)? 80% of all “88 Ways Music” proceeds are donated to four music education and service non-profits: Musicians on Call, Hungry for Music, Rock to the Future and Keep Music Alive. These organizations will absolutely appreciate your support. If you want to know more about "88 Ways Music", just let us know!

Thanks!

88 MORE Ways Music Can Change Your Life 88 MORE Ways Music Can Change Your Life

02/16/2021

Yay snow!

Yay snow!

Chick Corea, Jazz Fusion Pioneer, Has Died Of Cancer At 79 02/12/2021

Chick Corea, Jazz Fusion Pioneer, Has Died Of Cancer At 79

Chick Corea's last quote. A gift to us all...

"I want to thank all of those along my journey who have helped keep the music fires burning bright. It is my hope that those who have an inkling to play, write, perform or otherwise, do so. If not for yourself then for the rest of us."

Chick Corea, Jazz Fusion Pioneer, Has Died Of Cancer At 79 The wide-ranging keyboardist, composer and bandleader died Feb. 9 of cancer. He was one of the fathers of jazz fusion, with his work spanning from acoustic jazz to his own interpretations of Mozart.

Photos from The Candyman Strings & Things's post 02/11/2021

Shipments are finally getting unstuck and we're able to start filling those empty hooks. Just unpacked Sterling Ray 4 and Ray 5. Beautiful!

$299 - $349

The Candyman Wins the Global Music Makes a Difference Award! 02/09/2021

The Candyman Wins the Global Music Makes a Difference Award!

VIDEO just released:

The Candyman wins the global 2020 Music Makes a Difference Award by telling the story of Arnold, a very special drum student of Andy Primm, in our music education program.

Watch as the top three stories in the category are told and as The Candyman is announced the winner. Rand and Cindy Cook, The Candyman Co-Owners, accept the award.

ABOUT THE AWARD - Dubbed the "Retail Oscars" by Music Inc. magazine, the Top 100 Dealer Awards spotlights the industry's very best music product retailers and shares their strategies for success.

The Candyman Wins the Global Music Makes a Difference Award! The Candyman wins the global 2020 Music Makes a Difference Award by telling the story of Arnold, a very special drum student in our music education program. ...

NM Musicians Relief Fund 02/09/2021

NM Musicians Relief Fund

NMMRF helps NM-based musicians of all genres financially impacted by COVID, with over $43K raised to-date. Please donate today.

NM Musicians Relief Fund

Photos from The Candyman Strings & Things's post 02/05/2021

Product lines and shipments are finally getting unstuck and we're able to start filling those empty hooks! Just unpacked Deering and Gold Tone banjos and Taylor and Martin guitars. Next up, a huge Fender shipment!

New Mexico Retailer Scores Win at NAMM Top 100 Dealer Awards 02/05/2021

New Mexico Retailer Scores Win at NAMM Top 100 Dealer Awards

Check out this article of our story with Arnold, 2020s Music Makes a Difference Global Winner! Arnold is so very special and has brought so much joy to everyone here at The Candyman. Andrew Primm, Arnold's teacher, is a gift to all of us as well and the work he's done with Arnold is so very heart-warming.

From NAMM:

One of the most coveted awards featured in our Top 100 Dealer Awards program is the “Music Makes a Difference” award, which recognizes retailers who have aided in the musical journey of a customer, music student, or camp participant while experiencing the power of music. This year's winner: The Candyman Strings & Things! Read more about the award and why they took home this year's win.

New Mexico Retailer Scores Win at NAMM Top 100 Dealer Awards New Mexico Retailer Scores Win at NAMM Top 100 Dealer Awards Elizabeth Dale NAMM’s Top 100 Dealer Awards spotlights the industry’s very best music product retailers and shares their strategies for success. A top honor for retailers, winners of seven “Best of” categories are selected by a pan...

Why The Candyman Strings & Things' Cindy Cook Says Believe in Music Week Was 'Legendary' 02/02/2021

Why The Candyman Strings & Things' Cindy Cook Says Believe in Music Week Was 'Legendary'

The Candyman's Co-Owner, Cindy Cook, talks with Brian of Music and Sound Magazine about her experience with NAMM's Believe in Music Week.

Although the live version is over, it's totally free and all sessions are on demand through February. We encourage anyone in the music industry to register and check out the content. Lots of helpful content for musicians!

Go to:

https://attend.believeinmusic.tv/

to check it all out!

Why The Candyman Strings & Things' Cindy Cook Says Believe in Music Week Was 'Legendary' Cook says she "binge watched" much of NAMM's content and found plenty of advice to help both herself, employees and lesson instructors at the New Mexico store.

02/01/2021

Drummers come forth. Identify yourselves.

Drummers come forth. Identify yourselves.

01/30/2021

Good reading! 😂

Good reading! 😂


01/25/2021

Moby Dick and the Quest for Violet Crown - Jan. 28th at 7pm

NAMM In Memoriam Industry Tribute 2021 01/22/2021

NAMM In Memoriam Industry Tribute 2021

The touching annual NAMM Tribute, created in honor of members and music industry friends who passed away in 2020 and early 2021. So many losses and so many hearts breaking in the music industry this year.

NAMM In Memoriam Industry Tribute 2021 This video is of our annual NAMM Tribute, created in honor of our members and music industry friends who passed away in 2020 and early 2021. This Tribute was shown for the first time virtually at NAMM

NAMM Celebrates and Congratulates The Top 100 Dealers, Honors Stories of Resilience 01/22/2021

NAMM Celebrates and Congratulates The Top 100 Dealers, Honors Stories of Resilience

A nice recap of the amazing award show last night and a highlight of Arnold, the man behind our Music Makes a Difference Award! Video coming soon.

Congratulations to all the winners!

NAMM Celebrates and Congratulates The Top 100 Dealers, Honors Stories of Resilience On Thursday January 21 at Believe in Music week, the industry virtually gathered to celebrate the spirit of the independent music retailer and to applaud their accomplishments, resilience, and commitment to serving music makers at the Top 100 Dealer Awards.

Not just a business in the community, but an integral part of the community.

The Candyman is New Mexico’s premier music store. We've got musical instruments and accessories galore! Don't want to buy? We have an awesome rental program. Need repairs? We do ‘em. Need lessons? We give ‘em. Need community? We've got it! Summer Rock Camps for kids, clinics, workshops, seminars, community events, contests and more. Named the best music store in the world by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), we invite you to stop in, grab a free cup of coffee or tea, and enjoy a stress free/no pressure shopping experience.
www.candymansf.com
505.983.5906
[email protected]

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The Star
The Candyman Online Open Mic - November 20, 2020  presents: S𝐚̈m Wilder, Randy Sanchez, Krystle Lucero, and Bob McKillop!
Its a full moon tonight y'all!

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Santa Fe, NM
87505

Opening Hours

Monday 09:30 - 18:00
Tuesday 09:30 - 18:00
Wednesday 09:30 - 18:00
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Friday 09:30 - 18:00
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Sunday 12:00 - 17:00
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