Asking yourself the question, "What am I doing with my life?" is one of the toughest moments for anyone, let alone a musician struggling to do what they love for a living. For Third Wave Music owner Jen David, it served as a moment of inspiration.
"I thought, 'Am I going to work in restaurants and play in bands forever or am I going to try to do my own thing?'" David says. "I decided I was going to do my own thing. If it was going to be anything, it was going to be a music store."
If there were ever a person bred to run a music store, it would be Jen David. Born to highly musical parents, David grew up learning Bach from her jazz pianist father while helping her mother run the music store that she managed in the Metro-Detroit area.
Since making the decision to open a shop with gear, accessories and more, David has worked diligently alongside her husband, Jeffrey Thomas, to launch Third Wave Music. Serving as the first proper music store within in the Detroit city limits in years, the couple has fostered a space that is as much about creativity and inclusiveness as it is about providing gear to musicians.
In our new Make Your Mark feature, we visit Jen at the Cass Corridor-based store to talk about her inspiration for the space, the journey to grand opening day and beating the reputation of music store snobbery. Watch the video for the full story!