Adriana Flores’ family has been in the business of selling musical instruments for the past 88 years. Her grandfather, Alfredo Flores Sr., forced to flee his country for the U.S. during the Mexican Revolution in the early 1900s, began selling repossessed pianos bought from the bank where he worked during the Great Depression.
In the 1960s, Flores’ father began running the store — today the Alamo Music Center in San Antonio, Texas — and took two important steps to expand: selling other types of musical instruments and registering to apply for federal
Flores, now the store’s vice president, estimates that since that time, the store has sold the government thousands of musical instruments while also serving local customers. Government contracts account for about a sixth of the
company’s business, she says.