By Brandon Bush
The Eatonton Messenger
December 28, 2017
In the wake of several new businesses opening up around Eatonton, there is now one dedicated to Lake County musicians.
Simply called “The Music Store,” the new store, located next to the old Pex Theatre on South Jefferson Avenue, is the latest location for Musicman Guitar Company, founded by Nashville recording artist Ronnie Pittman.
An established musician who frequently plays a number of gigs around Lake County, Pittman opened his first music store in Georgia in Milledgeville in 2010 when he moved there from Nashville with his family. Although the Eatonton store has only been open for just a few weeks, the people of Eatonton have already noticed it, and many are beginning to take interest.
“We’ve gotten a lot of good reception so far,” Eatonton Music Store employee Bill Turkowsky said. “We’ve met a lot of nice people. There have been people just walking down the street who say that they’re glad that we’re here. We really feel safe and secure here. “
A large number of musical instruments are available for purchase at the new store, including both electric and acoustic guitars, basses, select drum kit pieces and amplifiers. The store also has PA systems and lighting available, so local musicians will be able to enhance their stage presence as well as purchase new instruments and equipment.
The available instruments and equipment ranges from beginners’ gear for new musicians to quality product for seasoned veteran musicians. Repairs and maintenance are other services offered, and the store is also in the process of setting up lessons for anybody interested in undergoing a musical journey and covering the instruments they traditionally sell as well as trying to establish lessons for less common instruments, such as the fiddle.
The store wasted no time in trying to reach out to the community and create special offers for those who deserve it.
“We do a lot with churches,” Turkowsky said. “We give a 10 percent discount to law enforcement, military and churches.”
The Eatonton Music Store will eventually prove to be a boon to the area, as Putnam County has several key locations that embrace live entertainment and local musicians. Just a short walk down the street from the store is The Frisk Pub, a new restaurant and bar that will heavily feature live entertainment; Pittman himself has played at Frisk a number of times, he said.
The Eatonton Music Store has only been open for a few weeks, but it has already become a commodity to the area and continues to create great new opportunities for the music scene in Lake Country to thrive.
For more information on what The Eatonton Music Store has available for purchase, or for information on the other services provided, call 478-452-2249.