XENIA – Downtown Xenia will be a lot less quiet at the beginning of the year.
Note-worthy Music Center will close its doors Dec. 31 after being part of downtown for 30 years. The store, which was the go-to place for school band equipment, is currently liquidating its inventory. For owner Bryan Pflanzer, the closing is bittersweet.
“First, I’m going to relax. It’s been a stressful month getting everything cleaned out,” he said.
The store was first owned by Mike Klontz and opened in 1983. Pflanzer worked for Klontz previously at another store until Klontz sold that business to Kincaid’s Music Inc. in Springfield. Pflanzer came to work at Note-worthy in the mid-1990s and eventually bought the store from Klontz in 1997.
Pflanzer plays piano and guitar and has always known he would do something with music. He began making music at a young age.
“I was probably about 12 before anything I did had any resemblance to music on guitar or piano, although I was always trying to write and play as far back as I can remember,” he said.
Growing up in Xenia, Pflanzer felt a connection to the community. He used to be busy from August to October supplying band equipment to local school districts. In the last couple years, the sales have dwindled. Pflanzer believes there are a couple of reasons for this.
“The Internet has probably hurt some and the big box stores. You didn’t have the Wal-Mart-type mentality that you have now with places like Guitar Center. It’s impossible to compete on a retail level. It’s hard to keep up when others are pretty much giving items away,” he said.
The convenience of having a downtown music store is something the town will feel. The next closest music stores are in Dayton and Springfield. The deterioration of downtown businesses is happening everywhere, and Note-worthy’s closing is part of that trend. Pflanzer remembers some members of the community fondly.
“There are customers and people I’ll miss. I used to have good conversations with people and acquaintances that I had through the music store that I wouldn’t have had otherwise. That part I’ll miss,” Pflanzer said.
After the decline in retail, Pflanzer decided to start giving guitar lessons, and he has found satisfaction in this venture.
“I like teaching. That’s probably been my favorite part. It’s great when you get new kids who are interested and fired up,” he said.
While the store is closing, Pflanzer will continue to give guitar lessons in his home in Jamestown. While he has no desire to open another music store, he doesn’t mind not having the business as long as he has an instrument to play or a student to teach.
“I just like being with the music,” he said.
The store is located at 75 E. Main St. and its last day will be Dec. 31. Pflanzer is currently selling off his equipment, so the community is encouraged to stop by.
Anyone wanting guitar lessons can contact Pflanzer at 937-768-3395, 937-768-1087 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.