From Billie Eilish to The Beach Boys, the brand new boutique in downtown Farmington has something for all types of music lovers.
After several months of work, Dearborn Music opened its second location earlier this month at 33025 Grand River Ave. in downtown Farmington. This is the first expansion in Oakland County for the music store, which still retains its original store along Michigan Avenue in Dearborn, open since 1956.
Inside is a music lover’s dream: there are rows and rows of music, plus all the t-shirts and other merchandise to really show off their fandom.
“We just wanted to try and get a bit of everything,” said Alex LeAnnais, general manager of the Farmington store and son of one of the owners. “There is something for everyone here.”
Audiophiles can find a lot of music on CDs and vinyl. While the store’s logos exude a classic rock vibe, LeAnnais said music lovers of all kinds can flock to Dearborn Music: rap, hip-hop, country, jazz and even K-pop.
It is a unique store with a plethora of products that visitors may not be able to find elsewhere. Here are six items Dearborn Music is offering in its new Farmington location that might be hard to find elsewhere.
The centerpiece of the store is the physical music. Music lovers will find CDs of many types of music, as well as vinyl records.
Even in the changing musical landscape, LeAnnais said music is still a big seller and is split roughly evenly between the two mediums. Do you like the prince? You can find his albums. The same goes for The Allman Brothers Band, The Weeknd and Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band, along with hundreds more.
It’s not just about streaming when it comes to movies. There are also plenty of DVD and Blu-ray movies to choose from at the store.
Movies are a big reason Dearborn Music added a second store: a lot of those on sale in the store couldn’t be on the floor in Dearborn.
“All of these films are out right now, they were in storage because we didn’t have room,” LeAnnais said.
One of the first things customers will notice upon entering are the dozens of socks on the rack. And these aren’t traditional tubular socks: these socks scream personality.
There are pairs for every type of person looking to express themselves in different ways: from socks with birds on them to ones celebrating pumpkin and spice lattes for fall, there are plenty of options for those looking for themselves or their loved ones.
If you’re looking for a retro lunchtime look, Dearborn Music has you covered.
A large collection of vintage-style lunch boxes is also for sale, featuring the logos of musical artists such as AC / DC and Johnny Cash. Many other pop culture icons can be found on the boxes, including Snoopy and characters from Sesame Street.
LeAnnais said they have gotten a bit bigger in recent years.
“We’ve always worn them,” said LeAnnais. “We have carried more in recent years.”
Want to get started in vinyl? Dearborn Music also sells turntables and other equipment to play these records at home.
It’s still early days since opening in Farmington, but he said they sell a lot of systems at the Dearborn store.
“We sell, I mean, at least a few every week,” LeAnnais said of the turntable gear.
Gifts / other items
There is plenty to find for pop culture lovers if you want to start Christmas shopping a little earlier. Several Michigan gifts such as mugs and mugs are for sale, as well as t-shirts and patches bearing traditional Michigan markings (Farmer Jack, are you interested?).
Want some fantasy? Add candles made in the style of prayer candles with icons such as William Shakespeare and Frida Kahlo, or an oven mitt with witty jokes printed on it. And for game nights, there are plenty of options, including classic board games with pop culture characters from properties like “The Office” and “The Simpsons”.
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