We had the good fortune of connecting with Ethan Massey and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Ethan, every day, we about how much execution matters, but we think ideas matter as well. How did you come up with the idea for your business?
For the Merch Shop, my business partner Andy and I came up with the idea while we were on tour with our band, Dispositions. I believe we were headed home to Fort Worth from Colorado and started thinking of ideas of how to help our band as well as other up and coming bands. Having a 12 hour drive home, we quickly whipped out the notes app on our phones and started jotting down everything we were saying. Being extremely inspired for the remainder of the ride home, we got right to work as soon as we got back.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
We are THE MERCH SHOP. Built by artists, for artists.
Offering a physical ad space in a retail environment to help extend the reach of artists. Sell your merch, art, concert tickets, and even your own clothing brand through our physical and online store. We will also be offering name brand clothing, acoustic sets, and the ideal place to come hang up your flyers and promote your upcoming events. In today’s age, artists are expected to do way more than just be creative. There’s no support for up and coming bands like there used to be. We want to be part of the movement that helps push new bands to achieve success in the modern music industry. We want to help people be able to follow their dreams and make them a reality. We cater to local, regional and international artists in order to help them any way we can in a retail and online space as well as a pop up shop for local shows and rummage sales. Right now we have a few Merch Shop items up for sale on our website to help alleviate some of the costs and while we search for the perfect store front. Please be sure to follow us on instagram and sign up for our newsletter to come along with us on this journey!

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would most likely take them to the dive bars I hit when I get to go out. Westside Saloon and HomePlate Bar. Food wise, we would definitely be hitting up Hanabi, Fred’s Cafe in Fort Worth or maybe Pizza Place in Weatherford.
All round hang, Lola’s Saloon is always a goto or catch a show at The Rail Club.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My shoutout will go out to my wife, Zoe. Without her I wouldn’t be able to pursue all the crazy things I try and do. We have two kiddos and she’s a full time tattoo artist at Bonehead Tattoo in Fort Worth.
She’s always there for me to bounce ideas off of, the first person I tell when there is any exciting info I receive, and even is the voice of reason and/or devil’s advocate when something seems too good to be true.

Website: themerchshop.co

Instagram: @themerchshopco

Twitter: @themerchshopco

Facebook: @themerchshopco

Other: @ethanmasseyy- @dispositionstx

Image Credits
Zach Burns – Jade Alex

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