Local band members open music store in Charleston | Culture & Leisure

Husband and wife duo Justin Puett and Jodie Cox-Puett shared their love of music on stage as two-fifths of local indie-folk band The Parachute Brigade.

Now the duo is ready to share their love of music with Charleston’s Elk City neighborhood.

On Saturday, May 25, the couple will open Folklore Music Exchange, a new store specializing in guitars, guitar accessories, bass guitars, amplifiers, pedals and bass guitars.

“We felt like Elk City was a rising arts and music community,” Puett said. “It seemed like the perfect place.”

Puett previously worked for Guitars Plus in Beckley for nine years, managing the popular store in southern West Virginia for seven years.

But Puett and Cox-Puett, who perform regularly in Charleston and were recently featured on Mountain Stage, couldn’t pass up the opportunity to spread their love of music to the capital.

“Charleston has a high rate of musicians living here and traveling here,” he said. “It’s a big city.”

Folklore Music Exchange, located at 617 Tennessee Ave. in Charleston, is set for a grand opening on Saturday, May 25 at 11 a.m.

Normal store hours will be Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, visit Folklore Music Exchange on Facebook or call 304-357-9717.

— Wendy Holden

Alice P. Darby