Julie's, Ken's, and HD close
Her bestseller was always the locally published piano instruction series called "The Method." Randall and Nancy Faber's series can now be purchased directly from the Faber Institute in the old Loving branch library building at Packard and Creek (faberinstitute.org).
Julie's brother Jim, who took over King's Keyboard when their father died several years ago, says he may start selling sheet music again. "There's still a small market for sheet music sold the old-fashioned way. You know those old-time piano teachers--the ones with the half-glasses on a chain around their neck? They're freaking out. They don't quite understand the Internet thing. They need to send people to a store."
As for Julie, she says cheerfully: "I've got some feelers out there. I'm not sure where I'll end up. Probably not in the music industry."
Ken's Nielsen's Flowers on Broadway closed sometime in August, leaving behind only an 800 number, which connects to a clerk in Perrysburg, Ohio, the mother office of what is now a four-store chain. The Toledo-area stores are all called simply Ken's Flowers--the Ann Arbor store name embodied its grander history as Nielsen's Flower Shop and Greenhouses, formerly on Maiden Lane, where, one customer remembers, "you'd walk in and the smell of roses from the greenhouse would almost knock you over."