The Great Escape Celebrates 40 Years of Business in an Ever Changing World of Music Technology

NASHVILLE, Tenn – On Saturday, September 23rd, the Great Escape located in Madison and on Charlotte in West Nashville had a “free goods day”, where they had a big celebration for the stores 40th Anniversary.

Hitting forty years of business is a big deal to any company in our fluctuating economy, but it is especially noteworthy in the music industry when one considers that 40 years ago the standard technology for listening to music was vinyl and 8 track tapes. For a non-corporate music store to survive the ever -changing technologies of vinyl, cassette, CD, Ipod, streaming, stealing and fads to listen to music, a store that sells everything from vinyl to 70’s action figures must be doing something right.

This is why it is still relevant to celebrate the Great Escape which is a company who has supported all the various trends, fads and fan favorite over the past 40 years.

What can you find at The Great Escape? As the mid-south’s leading place to buy, sell & trade used, new, collectible and out-of-print DVDs, CDs, Records, Comic Books, Games, it’s possible to find just about anything collectable. They are a bargain store and a collector’s store which new and used items often at a fraction of the price you would pay elsewhere. Additionally, they are loaded with the best selection of out-of-print collector’s items in the mid-south!

As part of The Great Escape way of showing gratitude to their customers  each person could get up to five free items, which were all of good quality. Select items in the store were also heavily discounted, with select items being up to forty percent off.

However, if you missed their sale, no worries there is always something discounted to make your trip worthwhile.

For example: Comic Books and Trade Paperbacks always discounted

  • New and Back Issues
  • Discounted Holds/Subscription Service
  • Marvel and DC
  • Dell, Disney, Western, Atlas, EC and more!
  • Golden, Silver, Bronze Age and newer books
  • Spider-Man, Superman, Batman
  • Captain America, Avengers, Donald Duck
  • And more!

People came from all over the place to check out what was going on, and by the end of the day, it had been one of the busiest they’d ever had.

The Great Escape is a place where people can come with their passions. It’s a place where they can go to be free of judgement and to meet people that share their interests. These people have helped make the store what it is today.

Wanting to find that toy you had as a youngster in the 70’s – they are likely to have it. They keep they following brands on hand of toys and  from every decade: Mattel, Hasbro, Kenner, Lego, Marx, DC and Marvel.

Action figures from movies such as the Transformers, Star Wars, Star Trek, He-Man, Mighty Morphin, Power Rangers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Ghostbusters, Batman, Avengers, GI Joe, Strawberry Shortcake, Barbie, Disney are sure to be on hand, but if your very favorite one is not – check back often as the stock changes daily.

The first Great Escape was established in 1977 when Gary Walker, the owner, opened up his first store. Since then, the company has grown to have multiple stores, and has grown from just dealing with comics and collectibles to dealing with a wide variety of music, anime, video games, electronics, and more.

The store and the customers have grown into a family throughout the years, helping The Great Escape to thrive for forty years. The company is thankful to have been a part around this long, and to have impacted so many people’s lives.

The Great Escapes are located at:

5400 Charlotte Avenue Nashville, TN 37209 (615) 200-1794

105 Gallatin Road North Madison, TN 37115 (615) 647-9828

They accept as forms of payment:

Personal Checks, All Major Credit Cards, Debit



Choose kindness and perhaps be propelled to greatness

“Courage. Kindness. Friendship. Character. These are the qualities that define us as human beings, and propel us, on occasion, to greatness.” are prophetic words found in the first novel Wonder by author R. J. Palacio. This wonderfully told story weaves the reader through the inspiring fifth grader August Pullman’s first year experience attending a “regular” school.

August or Auggie, is boy who face is is different and both the book and the movie highlight the courage and strength a boy so young must have to endure twenty plus surgeries just to be able to breathe, see, and hear. None of these surgeries enable him to be “regular”  or ordinary a typical goal for a fifth grader in an ordinary school. Aggie’s desire is to look like everyone around him. However, beginning on the first day, he has to wear a helmut as big as an astronaut’s. It hardly allows him to hide with the other ordinary students.

Auggie is a hero to root for, a diamond in the rough who proves that you can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.”

— Slate Editor, Emily Bbazelon

People stared and were talking bad of him. His facial features may make him different from others but they want Auggie to know that it’s okay to be different. After a while, Auggie ends up making friends. “I really wanted to be a part of this message,” he says of the film which tackles hard school yard subjects such as bullying. “I thought by doing this role I would really help change the world.” Tremblay says.

The book and the movie address the issues of mean talk, bullying, and what it means to be the same different at school. In a unique approach, the book asks the reader to look to the inside of one’s self to determine if we are all the same or if we all all individuals. It will be interesting to see how the movie handles this theme.

The movie is directed by film director Stephen Chbosky. Ten-year-old, Jacob Tremblay plays Auggie in WONDER. His parents are played by Julia Roberts as his mother and Owen Wilson as his father.

The set release date for the upcoming movie is November 17th , 2017. The movie will be in all USA theaters.