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Currier’s Music World, a local Richmond landmark since 1967

Some 55 years ago, Clifford and Angela Currier moved their family from a Puerto Rico Air Force base to a small town in Kentucky. According to his daughter, Cathy, her father said that a college town on I-75 needed a music store. Yes, Richmond is the small town, and the college is Eastern Kentucky University. Today, one would say Clifford and Angela were right.

Cathy told the story that her father bought her an accordion, Dennis a guitar, and Craig a drum set to help launch the music store. As you can tell, Clifford had a passion for music.

It all started on Big Hill Avenue in a building that Ballard Luxon had built. Clifford and Angela rented a space on the bottom floor that now is home to WBON. Some seven years later and three more rooms rented and busting at the seams full of music equipment, Currier’s Music World moved to the University Shopping Center into the old Singer Sewing Machine retail space. In the University Shopping Center, Currier’s was also the home of Progressive Productions, a music booking agency run by Billy Luxon.

Eventually or some seven years later, Currier’s Music World decided to move downtown into the old Newberry’s building with the Elks Lodge located on the top floor. Currier’s Music World stored musical instruments in the basement,  and their retail shop was on Main Street. The corner of Main and Second was home to Currier’s Music World for 37 years.

The next move was to the old Wallace Bookstore on Second Street just down the street from Main Street. After several years in this location, it was time for the latest move and most likely their last. Cathy moved back to Main Street in a building owned by Edwin Luxon. Today, Currier’s Music World helps welcome friends and tourists to downtown Richmond once again.

Cathy’s friendly team including Tara Belando and Mary Lou Roberts welcome customers to the store daily Monday through Saturday. Currier’s Music World gives five instructors a place to teach students to play the guitar, horns, keyboards, and various other instruments. All kinds of musical instruments are for sale, and Currier’s will also help customers with instrument repairs. Recently, a young man brought a nice crimson Fender guitar into the store, and Cathy and Mary Lou graciously examined the guitar and promised to have it fixed for him.

Also, give momma Angela, Cathy’s 91-year-old boss, a hug for me if you see her in Currier’s Music World. She loves to visit her store, smile, and ask customers if she can help them.

Currier’s Music World is happy to be a part of the history of Richmond, the thriving high school and college music scene, and the music genres of Kentucky. Cathy stated that music has come full circle during her lifetime and so has Currier’s Music World. Stop by Currier’s and say hello to the girls.

By the way, brother Craig lives in Nashville and works for Peer Music. Brother Dennis lives in Charlotte and works as a Managing Director for U.S. Bank.

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