From: Angela Chang
Subject: Comment on your health site (want to include in my book)
Date: Wednesday, July 9, 2008, 9:24 PM
I just want to say, you're doing a wonderful job on your health
website ... I think you offer a lot of useful information, and
tidbits. I'm sure you put a TON of hard work into it, so keep it up...
we need more sites like yours on the web....
Anyway, my name is Angie Chang, and I am currently writing a book that
will be out next summer.. my goal is ambitious - it is to list the 500
most useful health resources on the web, focused especially on
alternative medicine. So, I want to include your website in one of the
chapters.. is it ok with you if I do it? ....
Thanks in advance, have a good day ....
Writer, Herbalist, Volunteer
Editor Note: Northwinds was
honored to be part of this pilot project undertaken by Muze.
magazine reviews the Muze store concept tested by Northwinds!
Muze Nurtures Body, Mind, Spirit
Service Enables New-Age-Themed Web Sites To Create Customized
By TRUDI M. ROSENBLUM
March 29, 2003
With an eye toward capitalizing on a growing market for
wellness-oriented products and services, Muze has launched a new
database/e-commerce product that enables everything from health food
stores and yoga studios to new-age-themed Web sites to preview and
sell on the Web a comprehensive selection of related music, videos,
and books-a category the company calls "body/mind/spirit."
Muze president/CEO Paul Zullo says, "It was clear to us a
year-and-a-half ago that the body/mind/spirit area was a wave that
would grow into a tsunami, and it has."
The service-Muze Store-Plus for Body, Mind, Spirit-features a database
of 35,000 to 40,000 products, including 11,000 CDs. Participating Web
sites pay Muze $100 per month. In return, the database is customized
with the Web site's logo and style. For an extra fee, the site can
also have fulfillment handled through Baker & Taylor, making the
service a turnkey solution.
"The environment is branded to look and feel like the client's home
page, so the customer feels an intimacy with the site," Zullo
explains. "The customer stays on our client's site; they're not sent
to a different place."
The database features what Muze calls a "category tree" that breaks
each brand down into smaller, more specific subcategories. For
example, in the music category, a search for "new age" creates a list
of subcategories that includes instrumental, voice, flute, and piano,
enabling the customer to find exactly what he or she is looking for.
Likewise, in video, a search for "yoga" brings up such subcategories
as hatha yoga, chakra yoga, kripalu yoga, and yogacise. As a result,
the service gives a small, independent Web site the appearance of a
much larger business with an inventory of tens of thousands of
Muze did a beta launch of the product Jan. 4 and rolled it out at the
end of that month. Zullo says Muze Store-Plus currently has a
He adds that Muze Store-Plus represents one way that new-age music
labels can branch out beyond traditional music stores. "A health food
store or a yoga studio might carry a few CDs or videos but couldn't
really stock a big selection or sell it efficiently," he says. "With
this service, they can offer their customers thousands of products
Among those making use of the service is author/teacher/spiritual
healer Shirley Knapp, who sells books, tapes, and services through her
one-woman Web site. In January, she added Muze Store-Plus to it. "It
gives me the appearance of having a huge store. I'm getting a lot more
visitors to my site every day," Knapp says. "It's great not just to
get more orders but to be able to share all this information with
visitors. I can offer my clients thousands of body/mind/spirit
products that they might never have found otherwise."
The service is a good fit for this genre, Knapp says, because "most
people in this industry are small-a little shop with two or three
people" and thus would not be able to offer such a comprehensive
selection without help. She adds that for these nontraditional
outlets, music is a natural product to offer: "We use music so much:
for healing, for relaxation, for meditating."
Barbara Smalley, assistant executive director of Ladyslipper-a women's
music label based in Durham, N.C.-sees an opportunity to increase
sales through nontraditional outlets with the service. She says,
"[Specialty] shop owners have seen sales through [music] marketing."
Robert Ansell, CEO of Raven Recordings in New York, says Muze
Store-Plus is "a way for retailers to expand their catalog and
inventory without really expanding their catalog or inventory."
He adds that "gift shops, new-age-type stores, health food stores,
[and] yoga studios are all tremendous outlets for music. More and more
of them are carrying it now."