Downtown spot adds new vibe, says store keeper

Published 7:00 pm Thursday, May 23, 2013

Screeching Fender Stratocasters and crashing cymbals have joined the sound of bustling boutiques and roaring locomotives in downtown Brookhaven.

Tyler Bridge, owner of Brookhaven Music and Sound Co., has found a welcome new home at 203 South Railroad Ave.

Since relocating his business from Highway 51 on May 1, Bridge said he has seen the added benefits of the retail sector.

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“Foot traffic has been way up,” he said. “There’s never a dull moment here. I love being downtown.”

The recent Hogwild barbecue festival gave Bridge an influx of customers and a taste of what’s to come.

“We thoroughly enjoyed the Hogwild festival and are looking forward to the Ole Brook festival and the farmer’s market,” he said.

In addition to the economic advantages of the vicinity, Bridge found that the historic charm of the building was a more suitable venue for the music shop. He described its magnetism with the words of a musician.

“I like the vibe of this building,” he said. “Musicians are all about the vibe.”

The vibe of the building is not the only thing that attracts musicians. The store stocks a full line of musical instruments including rentals for local band students.

Two piano teachers, three guitar teachers as well as a drum and violin/fiddle teacher are on hand for those seeking instruction.

Bridge also specializes in PA system installation. Most of his installation work occurs at area churches, an endeavor Bridge is especially passionate about.

Bridge began his musical journey playing with the band at Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church. He has since recorded on some 40 CDs and currently plays with three different bands, all while running the music store.

“I’ve played a little bit of everything for everyone,” he said.

Since purchasing the store from former owner Joe Wallace in 2009, Bridge said he has seen great success and anticipates that to continue in his new locale.

“Brookhaven has a dynamic little downtown,” he said. “And we are glad to be apart of it now.”