Katzin Music & Studios, which serves the Four Corners (Colorado, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico) will close its doors on March 31 after 39 years serving musicians and music students, reported The Durango Herald.
“This is so hard to give it up,” said Ruth Katzin, who owns the shop with her son, Jim Gillaspy; her daughter, Cathie Duncan; and her son-in-law, Scott Duncan. She said the shop has been hurt by online sales.
“We put together the numbers, and it just wasn’t working,” she told the newspaper.
The Colorado-based store said it is in talks with Stillwater Music, a nonprofit involved in music education, to continue providing lessons and studio services popular with many amateur musicians.
“Katzin Music has had the pleasure of serving Durango and the greater Four Corners for 39 years. With 30 private instructors, 300+ students, repair, sales and rentals, Katzin Music has been a part of providing joy for many generations through the art of music. So it is with great sadness that we announce Katzin Music will be closing its doors for good in April,” the retailer posted on Facebook. “So many people have been a part of the Katzin Music story. Since opening in 1979, a long list of musicians, educators, staff and technicians have played a roll in providing services, above and beyond the norm. The connections made throughout the musical community have, in no small part, been why we serve to this day. Reasons for closing are a simple matter of economic conditions and the vastly changing retail landscape. We wish all the best to our fellow small business friends. All of us at Katzin Music would like to say thank you to every person who has made our years serving the Four Corners so very memorable. We express our sincere gratitude for the support given in our endeavor to enrich lives through music.”