Canton Music Shoppe 1 of 105 business permits issued for October, helps mend Cherokee economy
by Joshua Sharpe
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From left, Davenport and owner Eric Lebowitz offer a selection of Reverend guitars, Recording King Acoustics, Vox Amps and Pigtronix Pedals. <br>Staff/Todd Hull
From left, Davenport and owner Eric Lebowitz offer a selection of Reverend guitars, Recording King Acoustics, Vox Amps and Pigtronix Pedals.
Staff/Todd Hull
CANTON — The economy in Cherokee County might still be in a recovery stage after the Great Recession, but Adam Davenport says that wasn’t much of a concern for him and Eric Lebowitz when they set out to open Canton Music Shoppe.

“It wasn’t as (intimidating) as you would think it would be,” said Davenport, who manages the full-service store on Reinhardt College Parkway, owned by Lebowitz. “I know what musicians in the area like.”

Canton Music Shoppe opened its doors in early November and was one of 105 new businesses pulling permits around Cherokee County in October, which counted as a 41 percent increase over the same month in 2012.

For Misti Martin, president of the Cherokee Office of Economic Development, the increase is a clear sign “efforts across the community are paying off” to help the county see better economic times.

“I think part of it could be recovery from the recession. I think you’re seeing an overall confidence in the market,” Martin said. “But I also think Cherokee is poised for increases and job opportunities.”

Davenport said he’s also seeing consumer confidence, as customers come into Canton Music Shoppe to take advantage of their full line of musical instruments and accessories and long string of lessons offered, including guitar, bass, viola, violin, banjo, mandolin and many more.

“So far so good,” he said. “The name’s getting out there in the community quite a lot.”

Davenport said he and Lebowitz chose Canton as the spot for their new business because of its central location in north Georgia.

“The closest music store to us is about 12 miles down the road,” he said. “We also are closer to Jasper and Ellijay. We wanted to help support those communities without being too far outside of the Woodstock area and Canton area, where the growing populations are.”

Even with a good location, Davenport understands all too well that the idea of small, locally owned stores—especially music stores—has for years been going away, as buyers flock to larger retailers.

But Davenport said he and Lebowitz are going for something more “down-to-earth and homegrown” with Canton Music Shoppe.

“We’re building a lot of our foundation around the community and not just selling the most guitars we can,” Davenport said. “We’re not into (that) as much as we are into building a musical community.”

Other businesses getting licenses in Cherokee County during October include:

Holly Springs:

Layne Hardwood Flooring CO

Herod Refrigeration

Cherokee County:

Langston Holdings LLC

Trade Partners USA Flex Gear

ATL Publicity

Jennifer Noel Photography

WH LF Properties LLC

George Morris Construction

Christopher Gill

Michael Rydell

Kreative Construction Koncepts

Picture as This LLC

Fragrance Buddy LLC

A-1 Tree Service

Cherokee Learning Inc.


Expansion Unlimited

Solar Wear

Breezy Hill Stable

Dirty Scot Pottery

Brittany Brady Photography & Design

Resolution Plumbing & Handyman Svc


His Hands Lawn Care

Shane Smith

Sole of the South LLC

Cherokee Auto Tech Transmission

Check Into Cash of Georgia LLC

Super Hoods Inc.

Hickory Flat Lawn Care

Susie B Inc.

Malon D. Mimms

Atlanta Piano Restoration

Carolyn Cooper’s Notary

The R & A Group Inc.

SongsandCrowns LLC

JET Window Cleaning

Innae Enterprises LLC

Pantana Accounting & Tax Services Inc.

Willow Tree Virtual Assistants

North Atlanta Plumbing and More

Promotional Creations


Jackie Jones


The Kirby Agency

Great Divide Insurance Company

Old United Casualty Company

HDI-Gerling America Insurance Company

Lopez Car Wash

Chao Praya Chinese Eatery

Data Forms & Out Sourcing Inc.

Chico’s FAS Inc.

White House/Black Market Inc.

Gold Toe Stores Inc.

Kitchen Collection

True Religion Brand Jeans

Waterford Wedgwood Royal Doulton

Light Global Technologies Inc.

Peace Love and Pizza

U Fine Consignment LLC

Camasini’s Italian Sicilian Grille

Mary Elizabeth Wilson

Santino’s NY Pizza and Pasta

My Pool Builders Inc.

Vivid Color Landscapes, LLC

Gameday Grill, LLC

M & M Trans Inc.


The Chapman Law Firm LLC

Creative Pieces Behavior Associates LLC

Your Diner LLC

Frank Marketing and Advertising

BAM Personal Training

The Dogma Online LLC

Jorgelina Barrientos

Bradley James Whittle

Massage Envy Spa Woodstock

Southcrest Bank

Luce Haefke

Atlanta Stump Removal LLC

A-Fit Services and Construction LLC

BAM Whitening

Massage Envy Spa Woodstock

Superior Stucco LLC

Ridge Communications Inc.


Hot Stuff New Used Renewed

Envision Medical Spa



Yazzy Simone Maternity LLC

The Clarke Agency


Model Home Furnishings

Bunker Marketing Group

18 to Party

A & G Proservices LLC

Superb Painting & Cleaning

Menchie’s Riverstone

Non-Surgical Orthopedics

Exhibit One

Spanish American Tax Service

U-HAUL CO of Georgia

Ball Ground:

Back in the Days

D and R Taxi and Car Service

Waleska and Nelson issued no business licenses in October.

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November 24, 2013
Woodstock should be against the law
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