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March 8, 2014

Wally Kennedy: Music store design hits right note

JOPLIN, Mo. — A persistent winter slowed some construction projects, and one of them was the new building that will house Ernie Williamson Music, 925 S. Range Line Road.

The store was to have opened March 1; it looks like the opening is going to be closer to April 1.

The new store is nearing completion directly behind the existing store, which will be torn down to create a much larger parking area. The original property had previous lives as a service station, auto parts store and a mattress shop.

That Range Line corner has been occupied for a long, long time.

I talked with James Parks, a longtime employee, about the building’s attractive exterior.

“You should see the inside, which is 95 percent complete. This is a really nice music store,” he said. “Someone gave some thought to the design.”

The old store had six private rooms for lessons; the new store will have 11.

A bigger parking lot was needed because the existing one would become full when teachers and students were in those rooms.

There was not much space left for employees and customers.

The music store will occupy 6,000 square feet of the 10,000-square-foot building. The building has three lease spaces. Those have been taken. Details on that to come.

Ernie Williamson Music is part of the Springfield Music family of music stores. Other stores are located in Kansas City and St. Louis.

Ernie Williamson was a local musician who started the store in 1937 in Pittsburg, Kan.

SIDELINES

Sidelines Sports Bar is now in its third week of operation at 1802 S. Main St.

The storefront, which for decades was home to the 18th Street Bar, has been doing quite well since its opening, said Lindsey Hoke, an owner who has worked at JB’s, J-Town and Sportsman’s Park. The other owners are her husband, Travis, and Sagan Vreeland and James Doubledee.

The bar has a casual atmosphere with lots of big screens to watch games. Buzztime trivia and poker are available. Thursday is karaoke night. The bar will eventually offer stadium-style food.

Happy hour is from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. The bar will stay open as late as 1:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

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