The Great Expansion

Posted on January 6, 2014


Friends, High Strung has arrived! Yes, I know, we’ve been here for some time. But we finally landed the perfect location, and it really feels like coming home. High Strung began in early 1980’s as a guitar repair shop owned by luthier Michael Kovick. Since then it has lived on Ninth Street and Broad Street, in progressively larger locations. In January of 2013, High Strung opened the High Strung School of Music at 1805 W. Markham. Soon after, we found out that we would not be able to stay in our Broad Street location, and decided to move the store temporarily into the space that was slated to be for group classes, jams, and workshops. At that time, ownership at High Strung began looking for a space that could be our permanent home. Something easy to find, big enough for all of our inventory, and close enough to the school that replacing a snapped string mid-lesson wouldn’t be a hassle. Lo and behold, the old Music Loft space, at the corner of Markham and Broad, right next door to the school, fell into our hands.

For the last several years, the building has played host to Sirens Lounge and the Trinity Lounge, and long time locals will remember it as the Music Loft, another legendary independent Durham music shop. It’s a gorgeous historic building, old tin ceilings and all, and we couldn’t ask for a more perfect home. We got the keys to the building on November 1st, and immediately began remodeling. We closed only one day that first week, and were open in the new building by November 9th! Renovations are ongoing on the rest of the building, but it is moving along fast. I know our customers are going to love the new space.

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