A prominent vacant storefront in downtown Farmington is about to get filled with the sound of music.
Dearborn Music plans to open a second metro Detroit location this summer in the space that formerly occupied Dressbarn at 33025 Grand River Ave. The shop known for its selection of vinyl records, CDs and pop culture items hopes to open later this summer, said Rick LeAnnais, who co-owns the store with his brother Kevin.
"Earlier in the year, we bought 40,000 new used and used DVDs. We were definitely needing a second location," he said. "We were looking at three or four different communities in the Oakland County area."
They made a call and checked out the space, which has been vacant since Dressbarn left in 2019. Now, they're in the midst of remodeling the interior to fit their needs and serve music lovers across the region.
Those changes, LeAnnais said, come as a way to react to the changing times where music has become an online commodity. Those changes and shifts toward making Dearborn Music a destination celebrating all things music, he said, has kept it moving forward.
"We just kept evolving with the times," he said.
The Farmington location — which will be slightly smaller than the Dearborn location — expects to open some time in the summer, possibly July, LeAnnais said. Crews are currently working to renovate the interior to prep it for its opening. The Dearborn shop will remain in operation and will not change as a result of the second location.
"When you go digital with streaming, you're not getting the full sound," he said. "When you play something physical, you get to hear more."
In addition to selling products, LeAnnais said the hope is to possibly bring in musical acts to meet with fans and even have some live music. That component has been put on hold at the Dearborn location due to the COVID-19 pandemic, though he hopes it can be brought back by 2022.
More information on the shop can be found on its website, dearbornmusic.net.
Locating in a downtown like Farmington's, he said, will contribute not only to their business but hopefully the surrounding community. Having a unique option downtown like Dearborn Music, LeAnnais said, is something he's excited about.
"We always like to draw from other stores. Downtown Farmington has a nice setting," he said. "I think it's going to be a perfect fit for downtown Farmington."
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