On November 13, 1975, Shantinique Music was established by owner Barry Beal. Starting with a $700 loan and a four hundred square foot building at 8620 Harper Ave in Detroit Michigan. On September 20, 1977, Barry married Josephine Shantinique Lee who joined him in his music business. There was a second location opened on Grand River and Hubbell, which was six hundred square feet. In 1977 Barry became a founding member of the United Federation of Music Retailers. In 1980 there was a third location established in the Macomb Mall which was forty-eight square feet. In 1982 a fourth location was established on Outer Drive and East 7 mile rd in Detroit, Michigan. In 1984 Barry closed all of the locations except 8620 Harper in Detroit. On March 16, 1984 another Shantinique Music store was opened at 13722 Woodward in Highland Park, Michigan. In 1986 Shantinique Music became a Billboard reporting store and entered into national prominence. That same year, Shantinique received a gold sales award from Warner Brothers Records for selling five hundred thousand copies of Prince, David Sanborn, and the Time albums. After that first award Shantinique Music received many more. In January of 1990 Shantinique moved from 8620 Harper Ave to 8933 Harper Ave. Two years later Shantinique Music received “Retailer of the Year” award from the Urban Network Magazine. In March of 1992 Barry Beal became very active in the record industry bringing to the forefront independent retailers. In May of 1992 he received “Retailer of the Year” from the Midwest Radio and Music Association Conference. In June of 1992 the National United Independent Retailers “N.U.I.R.” was formed with Barry Beal being on the Board of Directors. In 1993 Shantinique Music received a “Retailer of the Year” award from Impact Magazine. That same year E&B Music was opened. From 1992 to the present, Shantinique Music has received an appreciation award for aiding widows and orphans from the Detroit Fire Department. In 1993 the Detroit Music Retailers Association was formed with Barry Beal elected as President in March of 1994. Barry Beal became a member of the N.A.A.C.P., N.A.R.M., Detroit Chambers of Commerce, and Highland Park Business Association. In 1996 Shantinique Music was the Urban Network “Retailer of the Year”. In 1997 Shantinique Music received the Pearl Music Scholarship Award and the City of Detroit Community Service Award. Also in 1997 B.B.E.G. was formed as a distribution company as well as a recording company where the first record was released, and currently distributing artist such as the Dramatics, Theo formerly of the Temptations, and Alicia Meyers formerly of the group One Way. Josephine Beal, in 1998 became a board member of Michigan Institute for Non-violence Education. Awards Shantinique Music has received also include The George Daniels Award in 1999, the Impact Super Summit KJV Award, the Beverly Taylor Scholarship Music Award, and Honored with the Living Legend Award all in 2000. Currently both branches of Shantinique Music & B.B.E.G. are thriving and have viable business.