My bass player and I had lunch in the same shopping center as GC so we decided to visit after we ate. It was a pleasant experience. The sales folk were friendly and engaged us in conversation without trying to push any purchases on us. They weren't pushy but let us know they were there if we needed them. The store was well stocked and clean. One thing I found odd was that there were Epiphone acoustic guitars but no Gibson's. Bass player bought some strings for his electric guitar and I just looked around. Heck. I might even come back some time. I know GC gets a bad rap, and yes, I've been as critical of them as anyone, but it made me feel good to see at least some kind of turn around.