Jack's Music Hall reappears
Steve Parkes, owner of Jack s Music Hall, gives Patrick Fogarty Catholic Secondary School student Cody Graham a few pointers at the landmark music store s new West Street location on Friday.
Orillia's landmark music hall has a storefront again.
Jack's Music Hall opened its doors at 150 Mississauga St. E. in 1964.
"I worked for Jack from 1975 to 1980 and then I bought (the business) when he wanted out," said Steve Parkes. He was just 23 years old when he purchased the business in 1980.
Parkes originally began working at the store as a guitar teacher, after moving to Orillia from Toronto when he was 18.
He continued to run the business from its main street location until 2003, when he began operating out of his home.
When the owner of Mariposa Music Centre, formerly True North Music, decided to move on, Parkes' son Jesse, who was working as a music teacher at the store, suggested his dad purchase the business.
"It was too convenient not to do it," said Parkes, who took over the store, using the Jack's Music Hall name, on Feb. 1.
The business is continuing operations from 601 West St. in the south end near Kitchener Park, behind Trombly's Tackle Box.
Parkes retained all of the music teachers from the previous owner, including his son, with the exception of one.
"We're hoping to bring on some new teachers soon," Parkes said.
"Right now, we just want to let people know where we are, because it's not the best location in the world."
Parkes said he's still waiting on more signs.
"I wouldn't mind being on the main street again. I like downtown Orillia," said Parkes, noting the business won't be changing location any time soon.
"I have no plans to move, but we will hopefully be expanding soon. I'm not sure what's coming available in this building, but we definitely need more space. My house is just jammed with stuff," said Parkes. He previously purchased Tolton Music Centre, which was located on Memorial Avenue.
In the first in a series, a free bass clinic is being held at the store from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on March 18, featuring local musician Andre Blais.
"We're hoping to have a different clinic each month," Parkes said.