>Brookings Oregon News, Sports, & Weather | The Curry Coastal Pilot

News Classifieds Web
web powered by Web Search Powered by Google

News arrow News arrow Business arrow MUSIC STORE CHANGES HANDS

Print

MUSIC STORE CHANGES HANDS

By Stacy Nadelman

Pilot staff writer

"My love in life is music," Tracy Sanchez, the new Banana Belt Music Store owner said.

Sanchez purchased the store from Jonathan Lee on Tuesday.

And with a little help from his friends, J. Pizzi and Sarah VanCamp, Sanchez plans to make the music store a great success.

First time business owner, Sanchez, a Brookings resident since 1987, snatched up the chance to buy his dream when former owner of Banana belt Music, Lee, decided to sell.

Lee has owned the business since 2006. The store is the only music store in the area in any two hour direction.

Sanchez's plans to make the business more than just a music store though. He enlisted help from friend VanCamp to write up grants to get a children's music workshop started for youth in the area.

"We're trying to build something up here," Sanchez said.

And he hired Pizzi for his manager to be in charge of it all.

"He's the music meister," said Sanchez.

Once the music workshop grants go through, Sanchez plans to administer every aspect of the instrumental music program including student recruitment and enrollment, instrument sales and rentals, music selection and distribution, and instruction. He also wants to eventually hold recital and concert performances.

Sanchez said he's always been interested in providing something for the youth in this area besides just a skate park.

He helped open a teen center in Brookings in the mid 90s and now, what better way to to keep teens occupied than with music.

"Bottom line, it's going to be a cool music store," Pizzi said. "They're (the youth) going to be comfortable working there."

Pizzi, a local musician, just moved back into the area from Boston Mass. He has worked for the Los Angeles Times as a sales representative. He also worked for Daddy's Junky Music, a 21- music store chain in Boston, for two years. There, Pizzi was named best rookie salesman of the year his first year.

Sanchez and Pizzi said they will keep the same store hours, which are Tuesday through Saturday noon until 6 p.m., and Lee will still be around to help with instrument repairs.

Lee said he will still run his local custom guitar company and recording studio. He also said now he no longer owns the music store, he will take a couple months off to do some extensive traveling through Central and South America.

New owner Sanchez plans to expand the inventory, sell T-shirts, and promises to promote local musicians by allowing them to sell their compact discs in the store. He also has plans to stock the store with rare albums.

Sanchez also has John Chadwick, Gil Kirk and Billie Ruth on board to give music instructions in piano, vocals and guitars.

Pizzi will also offer guitar lessons.

For sales, repairs, lessons and recording call the Banana Belt Music store at (541) 469-5363.

Print

Business News by Yahoo Finance

  • Wall Street mixed post Fed; Alibaba, Google in focus
    U.S. stock index futures signaled a mixed open on Thursday ahead of a major day of earnings from Wall Street's biggest tech firms.
  • Oil holds above $48 a barrel after U.S. stocks hit record high
    Brent crude oil futures held above $48 a barrel on Thursday as investor inflows offset data showing that U.S. crude stocks had hit a record high. By 0928 GMT on Thursday, U.S. crude was trading at about $44.50 a barrel, up 5 cents and off a six-year low hit on Wednesday. Brent was up 26 cents at $48.73 a barrel. On Wednesday, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) said domestic crude oil stocks had risen by almost 9 million barrels week on week to nearly 407 million, the highest level since the government began keeping records in 1982.
  • Banks to increase base salaries by under three percent in 2015: survey
    Global banks expect to increase base salaries by less than 3 percent this year and most are not planning to overhaul their pay structure in the face of tougher European Union rules on bonuses, a survey reported on Thursday. Salary increases across banks, insurers and other financial services firms are expected to be between 5-8 percent in emerging markets, 2-3 percent in North America and 1.5-2 percent in Europe, according to a survey of 63 firms by consulting firm Mercer. The survey showed 40 percent of banks had last year introduced role-based allowances (typically 12 monthly payments that are set at the start of the year but not counted as basic pay by banks) in response to a new European Union law capping bonuses at 200 percent of salary, and an additional 10 percent were planning to introduce them. The European Banking Authority (EBA) said in October the role-based allowances counted as variable pay, so banks needed to adapt rules again, but Mercer said its survey showed very few firms were planning to eliminate them.

Follow Curry Coastal Pilot headlines on Follow Curry Coastal Pilot headlines on Twitter

© Copyright 2001 - 2015 Western Communications, Inc. All rights reserved. By Using this site you agree to our Terms of Use