MARSHALL - When Van Harris found a new location for his music store, he gained a window, more light and more space for guitars, bass guitars, drums, music and other instruments.
Harris moved his business, Van's Soundroom, into the former Lyon County Historical Museum site on Third Street the first week of March.
Harris has owned and operated Van's Soundroom for almost four years. During that time, his business had almost outgrown his prior location.
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In its new location, Van’s Soundroom has more room to display instruments, music, amplifiers and other merchandise.
"It was pretty tight," Harris said about his former location.
Besides having more visibility and a front window, Harris said he gained more space for his merchandise and instruction rooms.
Harris said he wished he moved more than two years ago.
"My floor space more than doubled," Harris said. He now has a bigger studio room and even a place for percussion instructor Anna Haecherl-Smith to give lessons. In his former location, Harris said Haecherl-Smith taught in a storage room down the hallway.
And, Harris said, he has an entire room for instrument repairs.
"I had a little bench by the back bathroom, now I have a repair shop," Harris said.
Harris said renovations on the building started before Christmas.
"They did a complete renovation of the place," Harris said.
With the move, Harris said he also has more space to do music workshops.
"The acoustics are a lot better," Harris said.
Harris said he plans on getting more into percussion and expanding into band instruments and repair.
He's also checking into a new product line for guitars and amplifiers.
"Hopefully I'll take on more instructors," Harris said. Currently, Harris has four instructors.
Harris said he likes that his new spot is right across from the Marshall Area Fine Arts Council's arts center and is on the same street as Thursdays on Third during the summer.
"Now I'm in a location that's conducive to the arts around here," Harris said.
Regular customers have noticed the changes, Harris said.
"They walk in and are blown back by the look of it," Harris said.
Harris said he's also gained more customers coming into the store - including those who didn't even know he was in town.
"The amount of foot traffic has gone up tremendously," Harris said. "It's a good feel; people actually spend time walking around"