ORMOND BEACH — When Lara Yancey looks around the room at Yancey Music Center, she sees more than guitars, pianos, drums and band instruments.
Each corner of the family-owned business also sparks a memory of countless customers introduced to the finer points of music over a 26-year span that ends when the business closes its doors for the final time on Saturday, bowing to increasing competition from online and big-box retailers.
“We’ve definitely seen generations of customers learning about music in the store,” said Lara, 35, who helps run the family-owned business with her mother, Ginny Yancey. “We’ve definitely seen kids grow up and bring their kids into the store and teach them to love music.”
Together, with the help of other family members and employees, the Yanceys have kept the small, independently owned music store running for 10 years at the Ormond Oaks shopping plaza on South Yonge Street since its founder and patriarch, David Yancey, died at age 56 in 2009 following a battle with cancer. On Friday, loyal customers perused dwindling supplies of accessories, instruments and music books in the store’s final hours.
Eventually, the challenge of competing in a landscape increasingly dominated by online retailers and big box chain stores became insurmountable, Lara said. READ FULL ARTICLE
By Jim Abbott