Dearborn Music has been a staple in the Metro Detroit area since 1956 and is one of the hottest centers for music lovers. This family owned business offers a wide variety of media and merchandise and has been touted as one of ‘10 major record stores in America‘and The’ Best of Detroit ‘. This year marks the 65th anniversary of this small local business and they are celebrating it big.
Earlier this month, Dearborn Music opened a second store at the Grove Retail Center in downtown Farmington. Owners Kevin LeAnnais and Rick LeAnnais announced in May that Dearborn Music would expand to Farmington, and with a second store on the way, the brothers got to work transforming the old Dress Barn on the Grand River into a retail space. retail that might match their brand. and budget.
âIt’s a lot of fun opening up a second location and trying to put all these pieces of the puzzle together,â says Rick. The pieces of this musical puzzle took a while to come together, but the big picture was finally forming and the buzz around the city was growing. “Having two music stores in the metro area again amazes me,” says Kevin, “I wish my parents were there to see it.”
Kevin and Rick have worked for Dearborn Music since the 1980s and eventually bought the store from their father Phil LeAnnais in 2001. Alex LeAnnais, son of Rick LeAnnais, follows in the footsteps of this family business as manager of the new location in Farmington. . âI am excited to grow our business and share our love of music with others,â he says. âWorking in a record store allowed me to deepen my knowledge of music and share this passion with our customers. “
“How can you be 65?” Rick asks, “It’s the loyalty of your customers and your employees. Among these employees you will find music majors, artists, musicians, audio technology experts and seasoned music industry veterans. Brianne O’Shea has worked for Dearborn Music for over four years and is now an Executive Assistant at Farmington. âIt’s so nice to see us branching out into a new place,â she says. âThere aren’t many record stores around anymore, and being right in the heart of downtown Farmington is a great place to grow and connect with the community. “
Record stores have been a haven for vinyl collectors, music lovers, and pop culture connoisseurs for decades. Customers visiting the Dearborn and Farmington stores can expect to find eclectic musical genres, rare records, and exclusive vinyl and CD releases. But this store offers more than music, browse their shelves for t-shirts, puzzles, games, socks, posters and photographs by Detroit artists Leni Sinclair, Robert Alford, Gary Grimshaw and Carl Lundgren.
So what’s the secret ingredient that creates a successful record store recipe? âOur main ingredient is selection,â says Rick, âOther places may not have the selection that we make and we can cater for the whole family, from grandchildren to grandparents.â Whether you are looking for the latest music releases or building your classic vinyl collection, Dearborn Music is a sound choice for every generation of music fans.
Visit the Dearborn Music Farmington site on Wednesday September 22 for their grand opening event. The festivities will begin at 11 a.m. and will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony, promotional sales and merchandise giveaways. Visit www.dearbornmusic.net for more information.