Our Featured Business of this month is Currier’s Music World, one of the oldest Downtown Richmond KY business. They were featured in a recent Richmond Register article because of the sale of their building and it also tells the story of their family business.
About Curriers: Currier’s Music World is a full line, full service music store located at 136 West Main Street in Richmond, Kentucky. Our 15,000 square foot store has 5 levels that include 8 teaching studios and state of the art repair facilities for all string instruments and band instruments. We are also a C.F. Martin and Co.© authorized repair center.
Currier’s celebrated 40 years in business in 2007. The store was opened in 1967 by Clifford and Angela Currier and is now managed by their daughter, Cathy Currier. Cathy is the resident luthier and repairs all kinds of instruments.
Currier’s buys, trades, sells, rents, and consigns every kind of instrument. We hope if you are in the area you will stop by and visit for a great musical experience!
For more info: www.curriersmusicworld.net/
136 W Main St, Richmond, KY 40475
- Monday through Friday 10:00am – 6:00pm
- Thursday 10:00am – 8:00pm
- Saturday 10:00am – 5:00pm
- Closed Sunday
Posted: Tuesday, April 28, 2015 10:27 pm
Currier’s Music World is Richmond’s oldest downtown business. For 34 of its 48 years, the store has been the main tenant of the Elks’ Lodge building at the corner of Main and Second streets.
However, with the building going on the market after the Richmond Elks Lodge recently lost its charter, Currier’s future downtown is uncertain, said Cathy Currier, whose parents started the business she operates.
“We love Richmond, and we love downtown,” she said Tuesday, as the store prepared to host a Martin Guitar clinic. “Downtown is its own community with its own character and charm.”
While her family has begun looking at other Richmond properties, neither Cathy nor her parents, Cliff and Angela Currier, want to leave the store’s position as downtown business anchor, she said.
Purchasing and then renovating the Elks’ building is not feasible for the Curriers, Cathy said.
Visitors to Richmond, drawn to downtown by it proximity to Eastern Kentucky University or the Saturday farmers market, are surprised when they walk into the store, she said.
“They often exclaim, ‛Wow,’” Currier said, “We didn’t expect to find an old-fashioned music store in Richmond. We didn’t think a town this size could support a store like this.”
However, Currier’s thrives by drawing customers from around the region, who patronize the business in part because of the personalized service it offers, including instrument maintenance and repair, she said.
Cathy Currier is a luthier, as those who repair musical instruments are known, and is certified to repair Martin guitars, which come with a lifetime guarantee. (She repairs all types of instruments, not just guitars.)
Both of her parents came to the store for the clinic and the reception that preceded it.