Byron Thomas

Company: Gentle Giant Vinyl

Location: East Hartford

Company/organization description

Gentle Giant Vinyl is a company that sells new and used vinyl records spanning various genres. The mission for Gentle Giant is to help bring people together through the love of music and to be of service for the customer in any way possible.

Tell us about the entrepreneurial milestones you accomplished?

My milestone is that Gentle Giant Vinyl throughout the challenges of the past year is still a thriving business. Music is an important part in healing the human spirit. Vinyl records brings an authenticity to the music and art experience that other formats can't convey. Due to those reasons, vinyl sales has been better than ever and will continue to climb as time passes.

What type of entrepreneur are you?

Main Street - local business focus

What CT entrepreneur ecosystem resources have helped you succeed?

On February 8, 2020, the launch of Gentle Giant Vinyl took place in New Milford, CT at The Makery pop up show. An event that showcased a variety of dealers, artists and artisans from the state of Connecticut. The success of that show has transformed bookings to various record fairs from all over the state. Coinciding with launching an online store where customers can have access to our inventory for purchase and to make specialty orders for items that's not available in stock.

Nominator Justification

Byron founded a new company that launched from New Milford at Tony Vengrove’s community space in 2019 just before COVID. On the first day, he sold over 30 records and has continued with an online store and FB sales.

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