BOSTON (CBS) – Mr. Music has been a staple in Allston for 47 years. Sal Barone, who co-owns the shop along with his brother Tom, explains, “The shop opened up in 1973 predominately as a file retailer, 8-track tapes, equipment and radios and what have you ever and it slowly expanded into musical devices.”
In March, the music retailer handled one thing it had by no means needed to take care of earlier than: shutting down enterprise. Once they reopened in June, they have been pleasantly stunned by what they discovered.
Sal defined that gross sales jumped about 50%, including, “There was a giant uptick in enterprise. Individuals have been going stir loopy they usually wished to start out studying to play guitars, ukuleles, in order quickly as we opened up, we noticed a giant soar in gross sales.”
Tom added, “Guitar gross sales proper now are by the roof. Individuals caught, nothing to do. Why not play guitar, play keyboards, bang on the drums all day.”
Andy Fischer is one buyer who determined to do exactly that, choosing out a guitar for his 7-year-old granddaughter.
Fischer stated, “My daughter goes stir loopy together with her three children at residence and he or she’s attempting to work on the identical time.”
So, grandpa to the rescue- with a model new newbie’s guitar and classes. He added, “It was an opportunity for the 2 of us to have one thing to do collectively and we’re doing these classes on the again porch.”
And so they’re removed from the one ones utilizing extra time at residence to take up a brand new interest. Tom has seen plenty of new clients in his retailer these days, sharing, “I’m going to say about 70% of them that I’ve seen new have been all shopping for inexperienced persons guitars. My fundamental gross sales listed here are inexperienced persons guitars.”
The Barone brothers have doubled their orders in current weeks in hopes of maintaining with demand. A very good signal for professional and newbie musicians, alike.
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