I've called this home for most of my life. Twelve years ago my brothers and I purchased Two Street Music, an instrument retail store in Old Town, Eureka. After some hard work, Mantova's Two Street Music is now a stunning success, with a large offering of inventory and a vibrant online-sales division. Our retail store has become the favorite destination of locals and travelers. In fact the music industry has taken notice of it, with several articles in trade magazines.
I've worked really hard to expand the market-share of my store. We were the first ever Humboldt County business to team up with Pointy, an Irish tech startup that uses innovative technology to elevate brick-and-mortar retailers in the modern world.
As Humboldt County's economy has begun to change dramatically, we launched an ambitious plan to sell inventory online. Teaming up with a funding platform from the locally-sourced Redwood Region Economic Development Commission, our online sales operation has become so successful that we were able to create two full-time jobs that offer a challenging and fun environment for the employees.
Business innovators enjoy sharing their success and learning new strategies, I have penned thought columns that have been shared in Music and Sound Retailer.
Over the years I've gained an understanding of the thoughts and concerns of residents living in Eureka. When I talk to my neighbors, they tell me what is needed: clean streets and economic opportunity. I've explored solutions for these problems and have provided radio community comments twice a month on the KINS 106.3 FM News Radio channel.
These community comments have covered several issues facing Humboldt county residents. Including:
*Affordable Housing, and the trouble with rent controls
*An innovative way to improve the controversial Needle Exchange Ordinance
*Reducing the number of criminal drug addicts on our streets
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