VAN BUREN, Maine — After 63 years in business, the sounds inside a Main Street music shop will soon quiet.
Ezzy’s Music Shop, which has been serving northern Maine and Canadian musicians since 1948, will close May 7, the store’s owners announced Friday.
Michael and Patricia Ezzy, who have operated the shop since 1960, said the decision to close stems from their desire to retire. They have no family members who are interested in taking over, and so have decided to close up shop permanently.
“The last few years we have definitely pulled back our involvement,” Patricia Ezzy said Friday. “We finally reached a point where we have other priorities. It’s an extremely difficult decision, especially with all the loyal customers we still have, but our family agreed it was time.”
The store first opened in 1948 under the direction of Anthony Ezzy, a noted Van Buren musician and conductor of the area Silver Bell Band. He helped build a large customer base before he turned the business over to his son, Michael, who branched out to attract even more Canadian customers when he launched duty-free service in 1973.
Patricia Ezzy said that in the weeks leading up to the closure, Ezzy’s will be marking down prices on existing inventory. With product lines such as Fender, Peavey, Yamaha and Takamine, as well as a variety of products and accessories, Ezzy said, she and her husband hope that many of their customers will make at least one more shopping visit.
“We hope they give us a chance to personally say thank you for their years of loyalty,” she said. “It is great to see children and grandchildren of customers we have had for 40 years or more, and it would be nice to see them again.”
For more information, visit www.ezzysmusic.com, or stop in their store at 80 Main St. in Van Buren before May 7, 2011.