STANTON — It’s been a bit of a slow start for Encore Music, which first opened it’s doors about three months ago, but business is growing steadily, according to store manager Kenny Abbott.
Abbott said it has taken a while to get the word out regarding the store. He has no doubt, though, that the customers will show once people know it’s there.
Geared toward both professional, working musicians and “up and coming” players, the store offers a fairly extensive line of new and used guitars, basses, amplifiers and even a couple drum sets. P.A. and lighting gear also are available there at competitive prices.
Abbott also gives guitar lessons out of the store and provides beginner practice books to students.
Finally, the store also offers a complete line of musical accessories, such as strings, picks, effects pedals, tuners, straps and other miscellaneous items.
“I think once people know we’re here, they will come see us as opposed to driving all the way to Grand Rapids or Big Rapids,” Abbott said. “We’re a friendly store, we’re clean.”
As a lifelong musician, Abbott knows his stuff. He’s knowledgeable with regard to guitars, drums, lighting gear and P.A. systems. That’s one of the reasons he was pleased when the store recently became an authorized Peavey dealer.
“Peavey is really good stuff,” Abbott said. “It’s not all top of the line, but it’s good, solid equipment for a very reasonable price. I’ve been using it in my bands for years.”
As an authorized dealer, Encore Music carries a serviceable line of small and mid-sized Peavey P.A. systems and accompanying hardware, such as microphones.
The store also offers a limited inventory of used equipment, most being sold on consignment. Due to the size of the store, however, Abbott said he would be limiting somewhat the number of consignment items offered.
“I don’t think we’ll be going crazy with (consignment items),” he said. “We’ll have to see.”
Stanton City Manager James Freed said the store is a welcomed edition to Stanton’s downtown area and would likely bring shoppers to the area.
“The music store is awesome,” Freed said. “I’m sure they’ll have a huge niche. Abbott is a really experienced musician who really knows what he’s doing. It’s a sweet store.”
Call Abbott at (616) 831-0220, or visit the store’s Facebook page at facebook.com/encoremusicstanton for more information.