A new boutique in the Duncan range will be looking to rock and roll after opening with a grand opening and ribbon cutting on Saturday June 18.
The Guitar Bazaar, located at 2126 N. Highway 81, Suite 2, celebrated its founding in Duncan with a grand opening at 10 a.m. and a ribbon cutting and 10:30 a.m. last Saturday.
Owner Ken Bates said it was a full-service music store and he just wanted to bring his love of music to town.
Bates said the idea of a music store had been with him for some time.
“I always wanted to have a music store or a guitar store,” he says.
According to Bates, he started down this path with his brother and sister-in-law and they soon developed an LLC, which paved the way for the opening of the music store.
“It’s not just about selling guitars and amps,” he said. “It’s also to try to anchor live music more in this city.”
Bates spoke of the huge amount of musical talent in the community.
“There are so many people who are involved in live music or playing instruments,” he said. “I have always known this city full of musicians.
He hopes to involve young people in music, as well as anyone from amateur players to those with extensive musical experience.
Ultimately, he believes music comes from the heart.
“You start with dreams – with music,” he said. “Then you build on that. Many of us will never be famous, but we will have music in our hearts.
Bates said he has been playing music for more than 50 years, from his job in Branson, Mo., to his road trips.
Bates taught many lessons, guitar lessons and remained involved in a country dance group for almost 20 years.
With the newly launched business, the music store will eventually host live music on a regular basis, as well as several open mic nights.
The Guitar Bazaar will offer private lessons with instruction, lessons, instruments, accessories, special orders, an on-site recording studio and more.
The Guitar Bazaar is open from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday and from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. The music store is located at 2126 N. Highway 81, Suite 2 in Duncan.
For more information on The Guitar Bazaar, contact 580-786-0147.