The musical part of Rome’s downtown business ends on a bittersweet note


After providing musical instruments and music lessons to generations of local students and musicians through his shop since 1983, the music has stopped for Gary Colmey, owner of Gary’s Music, 229 W. Dominick St .

Today, as customers walk past the store, they will notice that the large green letters spelling “Music” have been removed from the store facade. The old letters “Gary” remain, with a newer sign “Indoor Garden Supply”.

A few years ago Colmey, a proponent of legalizing marijuana, opened his Indoor Garden Supply in the same location as his music store. Gary’s Indoor Garden Supply, or GIGS, will now only sell supplies for home growing cannabis.

According to a public social media announcement posted on Facebook, Colmey said, “Don’t feel bad. Do not express sympathy. It’s time. I had a fantastic career in music retail. Over 35 … I never thought I would be 10.

The owner of the company continued, “But as the evolution of how people buy music material shifted to online, I decided early on to ‘cultivate’ something else here and it s. turned out to be the best decision I have ever made in business. So thank you from the bottom of my heart to the generations of music creators that I have had the privilege of serving since 1983. Gary’s music is now over and Gary’s Indoor Garden Supply (GIGS) is all the rage! “

GIGS offers propagation supplies, all sizes of hydroponic systems, lighting, nutrients, stimulants, pH adjustment, air circulation, odor control, timers, growing medium, containers, row tents and more for growing edible plants indoors.

“It’s been going on, but I finally made the final decision” to change the business model, Colmey said Thursday. “From a business perspective, it feels good because it’s the smartest decision I’ve ever made. But it’s a bit bittersweet, because I started the store as a musician with a passion for putting instruments in people’s hands and understanding how music can change someone’s life… I have had the opportunity to see this for three generations. . “

And while the job in his music business was satisfying, Colmey said in 2016 that he decided to start using the back of his store to sell growing supplies in order to try out a new business. As the sales of musical instruments moved online, the demand for clarinets and guitar strings declined. Eventually, the sales would cause the business owner to buy fewer instruments and more and more supplies.

“Fortunately, I was not destroyed by the Internet … It was just a natural development,” he said.


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