Like dropping passive-aggressive hints that a roommate should do the dishes, composing a piece of music requires the strategic placement of notes. Experience a powerful musical message with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of gently used CDs and DVDs and new or preowned vinyl at The Exclusive Company, valid at locations in Appleton, Green Bay, Greenfield, Janesville, Madison, Milwaukee, Oshkosh, and West Bend.
The Exclusive Company—a Wisconsin-bred music-and-movie retailer—has given the gift of song since 1956, earning a Best of Milwaukee award from Shepherd Express readers in 2011. Passionate staffers guide visitors toward sprawling collections of rock and jazz and bins brimming with DVDs, Blu-Ray discs, and loose 8mm slides from Kenny G's summer vacation. In addition to peddling new vinyl releases such as El Camino by the Black Keys and Revolver by T-Pain, the shop functions as a trading post, helping to find loving homes for preowned films and music. All used discs are carefully buffed into shape before meeting their new owners, and each comes backed by a money-back guarantee, which promises store credit if a preowned item exhibits biting tendencies. Most used CDs, DVDs, and vinyl cost less than $20.
Well-versed in the world of special orders, the shop goes to great lengths to obtain out-of-stock and out-of-print titles for music seekers. Clerks are also happy to shoot the breeze with guests about the local concert scene or how to repurpose LaserDiscs into serving trays.