Local Music exists as a bit of a rare treat amongst the many shops along Main Street Willimantic. It’s uncommon these days to see somebody open up a new music store. The rise of giants like Guitar Center and online retailers have put many shops that have been open for generations out of business. The joys of walking into a small mom and pop shop, picking up a guitar off the wall and discussing the instrument with an impassioned owner are much rarer today than they have been in times past. Local Music brings that experience back to Willimantic, offering a friendly, open environment for people who absolutely love music.
Local Music stocks a unique selection of new and used instruments, a full selection of strings and accessories, books and offers lessons as well. The store differentiates itself from the mass market Guitar Center by offering high value, highly sought after, but hard to find brands like Recording King, Johnson, Lagg, AXL, and Kala ukuleles. The accessory rack is full with strings, capos, reeds, stands, bags, pedals and everything else you’d require for your passion with music. They have many instruments for the first time musician and their motto is that they stock instruments for everybody.
From band instruments and recorders to harmonicas, percussion instruments and ukuleles, local music has way more than just a few beat guitars on the wall. They often try to source unique models, from 8-string tenor ukuleles, banjoleles, 6-string banjitars and small bodied acoustic guitars. They’ve also put a lot of effort into promoting the local music scene in Willimantic and have helped organize local shows and open mic nights. It’s awesome that this shop is striving to be different and focus on local musicians and it’s great that this shop has been able to stay open for the past two years. Please visit Local Music and see for yourself, located at 888 Main Street right across the street from the public library.