With a new downport boutique loaded with guitars and amps, Port Jeff is prepared to rock!
West Lake Songs at the Port opened at 208 East Main St. this month, one particular 12 months soon after the brand’s initially shop opened in Patchogue.
With his initially musical instrument shop proving profitable, co-operator Mike Watson and his partners resolved to promote classic and new electric powered and acoustic guitars, amplifiers, basses, outcomes pedals and all the vital extras a musician needs in Port Jefferson. He will also offer classes to all comers, as very well as instrument restore companies.
West Lake New music at the Port’s inventory includes quite a few notable items, which includes a pink 1985 Gibson Explorer, a classic sunburst Ibanez double neck and a Marshall mini stack.
On the shop’s inaugural working day in business enterprise, Watson greeted numerous youthful musicians who played by way of Black Sabbath, Nirvana and other rock necessities on some eye-catching gear.
“While we’ve been placing up, a large amount of men and women have been stopping by,” Watson explained. “The day crowd is definitely family members with youngsters, and then the night crowd will get a tiny a lot more rock and roll. We have been having a very good response from most people about us becoming right here, so that’s promising.”
Art for sale
The new store is a somewhat larger sized place than West Lake’s Patchogue presence. When arranging the structure this time all around, Watson envisioned anything a small unique, striving for a dual guitar and art show.
The new store presents attire and artwork from various area craftspeople, like tie dye and area band t-shirts, as nicely as sheet music adorned with corresponding artwork, these kinds of as Freddie Mercury colored atop “Bohemian Rhapsody” and a ship adorning Billy Joel’s “The Downeaster ‘Alexa.’”
Hanging together walls not entirely dominated by guitars, friends will come across several paintings for sale with Mike Watson’s signature adorning their reduced corners.
“I’ve been a painter a prolonged time. Most of my stuff I just gave absent to friends and spouse and children, as they appreciated them,” he said. “Everybody’s been encouraging me for a although to offer things, which has always been kind of a bizarre following phase for me. I usually appreciated giving my things absent. That was satisfying to me, but I’m heading to give this a shot.”
Also up for grabs are canvas-printed photographs West Lake partner Kristen McBrien snaps when she’s not working at West Lake or total-time as a registered nurse. She is energized to introduce individuals to her get the job done, one thing not rather as quick in the Patchogue shop.
“When we opened West Lake in Patchogue, I had some of my prints, but we didn’t have any home for them,” McBrien said. “My pictures had been extremely high up, nobody could ever seriously see them.”
“We’re just heading to try to improve this thing,” Watson mentioned. “If all goes perfectly here, we’re going to seem to go to possibly Riverhead upcoming 12 months … and maybe Babylon. I have large desires, and we’ll just choose them a person move at a time.”