Wellington Music, which opened in 1990, quickly became a fixture in the village of Wellington, selling, servicing and repairing musical instruments. The family-owned and operated business though opened its doors in Norwalk Friday at 24 W. Main St., after partnering with Far Around Recording Studio.
Wellington Music of Norwalk held its ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday during the first Imagine Norwalk event of the summer.
Though the music store took a small hiatus after its initial 1990 opening due to other job opportunities, Steve Neff realized he missed having the shop and interacting with his fellow musicians. So in 2011 he decided to open a new Wellington Music of Norwalk with his son, Steve Neff Jr.
That launching of the Wellington store also grew quickly, with a customer base expanding beyond the village limits, spreading into Norwalk. It was this growth in popularity that prompted the move, Steve Neff said.
“We have lot of customers in Norwalk area; that’s what brought us here,” he said. “We’re glad to be here (in Norwalk).”
Neff said the partnership just made sense for both businesses and has allowed them to build off of each other and provide more for the community.
“We’re a family-oriented retail music store that provides musical instruments, sales, service, repairs, lessons — anything for the aspiring musician or working musician,” he said.
“Now, we’ve actually created a one-stop shop. You can buy your musical instruments here, you can learn how to play your instruments here and then when you get good enough, you can record your EP or CD here too.”
Neff said they view the music store as providing something Norwalk needed and was a way for him and his to “give back” to their loyal customers in the area.
“This is something that gives back to the community for the people that are already driving from here to Wellington,” he said. “This is something that we can give back to the community by being here.”