After 20 years as a commercial pilot, Cal Glattfelder chose to brave a new kind of turbulence when he entered a music industry buffeted by illegal downloads. Glattfelder purchased a music store that he named Sidetracks from Spencer Lathrop, who had founded the place as “Spencer’s 206″ 10 years earlier.
“I was tired of the corporate world,” Glattfelder explains. “I love music and wanted to be my own boss. I initially looked at the place back in 2001 and decided not to do it for a while. But two years later, I decided to make the jump.”
During that time, Glattfelder determined that even the dire predictions of the imminent demise of music retail couldn’t derail the John-Cusack-in-High Fidelity coolness of owning a record shop in a happening little arts haven.
“It was before the iPod,” he sighs.