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Joes Island Music re-opens under new ownership
LANGLEY Twenty years ago Joe Patrick opened up a small shop in Langley.
Ever since, Joes Island Music has become a Langley landmark for the musical masses. This Saturday the store will celebrate another watershed moment: its move to a new location on Anthes Street. And besides its new digs, the store also has a new owner.
Its an honor, said new owner Rachel Mattern. When we went to the shop and heard that Joe was selling, (husband) Rob and I looked at each other and thought we should do that. Joes cant disappear.
After all, the couples connection with the store dates back to their wedding day.
Rachel and Rob Matterns relationship with Joes Island Music was cemented seven years ago when they inquired about a local band to play at their wedding reception.
David Licastro, a music instructor at Joes Music, plugged his band Da Sharks and the couple gladly took the bassists suggestion.
Now, the couple have returned to Joes Music and the plan is to make even more beautiful music together.
That means building on the stores reputation as the South End hub for music lovers of all ages with a great selection of music, books, instruments and gear and a source of information for community music events and the local music scene.
With the big move to Anthes, Joes Music will see some big changes, too.
Three new practice rooms have been added that gave the new owners the opportunity to add classes.
We were able to have two teachers, but there wasnt enough space for strings, cello lessons and not enough soundproofing to teach horns, Mattern said. This has been really exciting.
A new teacher, Avi Rostov, is providing band instrument lessons, and continues to support the stores band rental program.
Another newcomer, James Hinkley, is offering cello, violin and viola lessons.
With the help of Rostov and Hinkley the shop is better able to serve customers with band and string instrument repairs and advice, Mattern said.
Under Patricks tutelage, Rob Mattern is taking the stores popular maximizing guitar service to an even higher level, Rachel Mattern said.
Joe said it best the other day; it brings the guitar in harmony with itself, Mattern explained.
Though customers may notice a few different things in the new location, other things wont change.
While Patrick heads off to enjoy what he calls semi-retirement, Jeff Whitakers long-term presence at Joes Music will continue. David Licastro and Levi Burkle will also continue music instruction.
Its been both of our dreams to own a business, and we always loved Langley, Mattern said.
But this is our first official business venture, she added.
The Matterns have been overwhelmed at the assistance of not only Patrick, his wife Gail and the Joes Music team, but also the support theyve received from the community and customers.
People just jumped in and volunteered. Its been really wonderful, Mattern said.
The store remains open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Beginning in October it will also be open on Sundays.
Joes Music will celebrate its grand opening on Sept. 15, with live music throughout the day. Specials will continue into October.