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After 28 years in Pensacola Dollarhide's Music closed in 2016.

The owners, Bill & Margaret Dollarhide, retired after a successful
41 year career in Mississippi and Florida.
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Company History

Prior to moving to Pensacola, FL in 1988 Bill and Margaret Dollarhide worked in music retail, music education and church music leadership in Mississippi and Florida. They both earned bachelors degrees in music education from the University of Southern Mississippi, Margaret with a piano emphasis and Bill in instrumental music. After teaching in Key West, FL they returned to USM where Margaret earned a masters in piano performance and Bill a masters in conducting. From 1975 until late 1987 they worked together at Mississippi Music, a multi-store full line music products company headquartered in Hattiesburg, MS where they discovered the joy of the music business under the watchful eyes of Jim and Mac Johnson, founders.

Late in 1987 The Dollarhides began the plans to open a music store in Pensacola, Florida. Dollarhide's Music Center opened on March 1, 1988 in the downtown business district. The Baldwin Piano and Organ Company was the principal supplier. Other products included a full selection of both band and orchestra instruments and guitars and amplifiers. Dale Willig became Dollarhide's electronic service technician in 1989. 

Dollarhide's 1990In early 1990 the adjacent building was renovated to house the expanding needs of the business. Michael Dean joined the staff that summer in counter sales. The Roland Corporation and Piano Disc, a new digital player piano manufacturer, named Dollarhide's their dealer.

Barry Frost joined the staff in the summer of 1991 in piano and organ sales. Ronnie Payne of Payne Movers became Dollarhide's delivery service partner in the fall of 1992. In the spring of 1993 Michael Clark joined the staff serving in both sales and admin positions.

On May 1, 1998, needing more space, the store was moved to a 10,000 sq. ft. free-standing two-story building on the edge of Cordova Mall in Northeast Pensacola. Dollarhide's 1998

In June of 2000 the company was named the representative for the Allen Organ Company for 17 counties in NW Florida and South Alabama. That same year the company exited the guitar business.

In the spring of 2002 Donny Monk joined the staff in piano and organ sales.

The summer of 2002 brought the company to another move, this time back to Downtown Pensacola to a 15,000 sq ft prominent retail building. Dollarhide's 2002It also saw the end of the relationship with Baldwin Piano & Organ as Baldwin fell into difficulty and bankruptcy. That same year Dollarhide's was named the regional dealer for Steinway and Sons pianos which also included Boston and Essex pianos.

In the fall of 2002 Danny Lyons joined the staff as a piano technician and Pat Pulaski became the piano  finish technician.

Between 2002 and 2008 the Pearl River piano company and the Hammond Organ company authorized the company to represent their products.

Valerie Bernardo joined the staff in the spring of 2004 as sheet music department manager.

Nathan Witter joined the staff in the winter of 2006 as a piano technician in training with Danny Lyons.

In the spring of 2009 Dollarhide's was named the regional dealer for Yamaha piano, digital piano and keyboard products. And in early 2012 the Dollarhides ended their ten year Steinway & Sons relationship.

In February of 2014 Dr. Hedi Salanki-Rubardt, distinguished professor of piano at the University of West Florida, was named a Yamaha worldwide classical artist. Learn more.

Bill & Margaret Dollarhide announced their retirement in March of 2016. A successful 60 day liquidation sale began on March 10, 2016 and concluded on May 9, 2016, the last day of operation of the business.

To provide for the future of Dollarhide's employees, vendors and the community's need for a full service piano & organ store the Dollarhides recommended Blues Angel Music of Pensacola as the successor business. 

First ten years, 1988-1998.

 
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