Petoskey Music Store Moves to Bigger Location

PETOSKEY — Following a recent move to a more spacious location a block south, the owner of a Petoskey music store sees opportunities to improve the store’s instrument selection and lesson offerings .

On March 1, Musik Haus opened its new location at 412 E. Mitchell St., the former home of Mitchell Street Frameworks.

Musik Haus, which has had a presence in Gaylord since the mid-1990s, expanded to Petoskey last year when it acquired and renamed The Music Makers, a longtime music store at 406 E. Lake St. Gary Kersting, owner of Musik Haus for about 2½ years, said the Lake Street site was good in terms of retail traffic, but the store there was somewhat limited in terms of retail space and education.

“The new store is much more open, much more spacious,” he said.

With approximately 50% more floor space than the old location, Kersting said the new store better positions Musik Haus to add drums and various band instruments to its selection. However, due to supply chain issues related to COVID-19, the store may have to wait several months before being able to stock the new product lines.

In the coming months, Kersting also plans for the Musik Haus to build rooms for music lessons in its new space. Although lesson options are limited amid the pandemic, Kersting said interest in them is rebounding and he hopes to add to the range of instructors and instrument choices available in the future.

Kersting also sees the store’s new address offering benefits in terms of parking availability – with two public car parks a short distance from its rear entrance and another available on the next block to the west.

Along with his involvement in the music store, Kersting teaches math at North Central Michigan College. Dave Rauch, his longtime friend and worship partner, runs the Musik Haus site in Petoskey. Kersting’s wife, Teresa, takes care of the company’s accounts and occasionally helps with sales, while his son, Steve, is manager of the Gaylord store.

Petoskey store hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. The store can be reached by phone at (231) 347-2826. Musik Haus has a website at musikhaus45.com, and Kersting noted that the company is open to special order requests and suggestions for its offerings.

A guitar display area can be seen at Musik Haus' new Petoskey site.

Alice P. Darby