Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Tony Vitale, Co-Founder of Vertical Grooves, located in Chicago, IL, USA.

What's your business, and who are your customers?

Vertical Grooves, LLC is the creator of the Floating Record vertical turntable and the Gramovox Gramophone Bluetooth speaker. A manufacturer of high-quality, aesthetically captivating audio products, enabling music lovers and vinyl enthusiasts to not only “hear their art” but also “see their art.” Born in Chicago, the vintage design of the Gramovox Gramophone steel horn and the unique vertical technology of the Floating Record turntable get you into the groove… hearing and seeing your music.

Tell us about yourself

What inspired us to create Vertical Grooves is the passion that people have for the art of music, not only the sound but the tangible aspects of music and music packaging. Vinyl records and the art of vinyl packaging has been an inspiration.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

Staying profitable.

What's one of the hardest things that comes with being a business owner?

Manufacturing in the US.

What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?

  1. Love what you do.
  2. Be proud of your products.
  3. Go with the flow.

Where can people find you and your business?


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