Music store opens in Locust – The Stanly News & Press
Music has always played a key role in Ronnie Black’s life.
Growing up, the Oakboro native loved to listen to his grandfather and great uncles play bluegrass. He and his brother Skip, inspired by rock music legends like Eddie Van Halen, KISS and Ozzy Osbourne, learned to play guitar on their own.
Black, his brother, and a few friends even formed their own country band in the 1990s, Nowhere Bound. They served as a house group for the Palomino Club in Charlotte. Black said his group opened for Diamond Rio, Ricochet and Kenny Chesney.
It wasn’t until early last year that the prospect of opening his own music business first hit him.
Black, 53, was working for Auria Solutions at its factory in Troy last January and was about to move to the Albemarle site when he learned of the closure of a well-known small wine store in Pinehurst. He lived in the village and knew the shop.
His curiosity piqued, he decided he wanted to open a family business similar to Stanly. As Black began to imagine the possibilities, “the first thing that came to my mind was what do you know more than anything and that was the music.”
It made sense: he knew a lot of local bands and played with a lot of musicians over the years.
He discussed the idea of opening a music store with his wife Christina, who gave him the green light.
Black imagined his store was similar to the one he frequented in Charlotte called Reliable Music, where customers enjoyed visiting and chatting with the employees, who were musicians themselves.
“I wanted something that would get people excited when they walk in the door,” he said.
Black has traveled all over the county in search of the right place for the business. He strategically chose Locust, to take advantage of the growth.
“This appears to be the biggest growing area,” Black said, noting that the small stores in town remind him of similar stores in the Ballantyne neighborhood of Charlotte and Matthews.
rBc Music Store is located at 150 Ray Kennedy Dr. in Locust Town Center. It offers an assortment of musical items, including guitars, ukuleles, amps, drums, keyboards and professional audio gear, as well as smaller accessories such as guitar strings and drumsticks. People can hire instruments, and guitar and piano lessons are also available.
The new company has also partnered with Florida-based Veritas Instrument Rental Incorporated (VIR), a program that will allow the store to help Stanly high school music departments refurbish their instruments to help give back to the community.
The grand opening of rBc (the name is derived from the initials of Ronnie and Christina Black) took place last Saturday and featured a ribbon cut with around 300 people in attendance. He sold several items that first day, including a Takamine guitar. There was also a raffle featuring a Ludwing Heritage snare drum and a Takamine acoustic guitar.
A tribute to Black’s daughter
While he hopes RBC is a place where people can hang out and enjoy good music, Black wanted to start a business in honor of his late daughter Meagan, who died three years ago at age 24 of a drug overdose. . She loved music and often played guitar alongside her father in their church worship group, Black said.
After his passing, Black decided he wanted to do something to try and help other people with addictions while still honoring Meagan.
As he prepared to open, Black said he struggled with the idea of how he could “take a music store and use it for the sake of helping the community.” He prayed about it and consulted others, including Christina.
After chatting with community members and networking with various groups (he recently joined the West Stanly Rotary Club), Black plans to host several events, such as benefit concerts and open mic parties, in order to fundraising for organizations like Will’s Place and Bridge to Recovery to help people with addictions.
The opening of the rBc Music Store makes Black think of her daughter and makes her feel good.
“If she was still here, she would be here with me,” he said.
The store is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.