Heights Music Shop will close July 31
After three years in business, Heights Music Shop closed its doors for the last time on July 31. All items at Heights Music Shop will be on sale at 25 percent off for the remainder of July, excluding consignment items.
According to co-owner Greg Hido, this is a difficult economic time for music shops. He explained that people have created a “society of convenience,” in which people can sit at home and order everything they need for their guitars, instead of buying the items at a store. After selling guitars for 16 years, Hido said that he has never seen the market struggle more than now. “Online has destroyed the brick-and-mortar store,” he said.
When Heights Music Shop opened in 2015, the owners wanted to fill the space left in the community by the closing of Heights Guitar the previous year. Heights Guitar sold similar merchandise, such as luxury guitars, and attracted the same demographic to its store.
Heights Music Shop had been engaged with the community. It held jam sessions, workshops with professional guitarists, and concerts featuring local bands.
The shop's owners, Greg Hido and Rick Szekelyi, said they would like to thank everyone who shopped at their store and attended their concerts.
“This was really a community thing," Hido said, "especially with the other business owners on Lee Road. It was important to us to be a part of this. We appreciate all of the support.”
Julie Hullett, a 2018 graduate of John Carroll University, serves as a summer intern for the Heights Observer.