Honoring Namm’s Dealer of the Year the Candyman Strings & Thingsby Representative Ben Ray Luján
Posted on 2015-01-06
of new mexico
in the house of representatives
Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Mr. BEN RAY LUJAN of New Mexico. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to
recognize the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Dealer of
the Year, The Candyman Strings & Things of Santa Fe.
The Candyman Strings & Things, owned by Rand and Cindy Cook, has been a staple in the Santa Fe community since they opened its doors in 1969, and was awarded Dealer of the Year for its innovative and effective practices, as well as for setting an outstanding example for its peers in the musical instrument and products industry. Additionally, Candyman was also given the Music Makes a Difference award for promoting music in its community. Candyman serves to inspire its industry and also aspires to serve its community through numerous educational and scholarship programs. Through its charitable contributions and outreach work, Candyman has made a difference in the lives of customers, schools, and children.
Small businesses are an important part of local communities. Candyman is an example of a small business that has been successful and has had a positive impact in Northern New Mexico. While I applaud Candyman's efforts to ensure a high level of service to its customers, I am even more impressed by its service to the community and efforts to provide mentoring and learning opportunities for young music enthusiasts. Once again, I congratulate The Candyman Strings & Things for being awarded both the Dealer of the Year and Music Makes a Difference awards, and thank the entire team for its exceptional service to our community.