Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Rosey: Follow Music to K-68

By DOUG CARDER, Herald Senior Writer | 8/1/2014

Calvin and Patty Rosey have been catering to Ottawa musicians’ needs since opening Ottawa Music store in 2005.

Starting Monday, the couple expects to be making music on the other side of town.

Calvin and Patty Rosey have been catering to Ottawa musicians’ needs since opening Ottawa Music store in 2005.

Starting Monday, the couple expects to be making music on the other side of town.

The Roseys planned to move the business this weekend from the store’s southside location at 120 E. 19th St. to its new and more spacious surroundings at 2220 E. Logan St., just east of the city limits. Formerly Leadbetter Homes, the more than 4-acre site provides ample parking and retail space, Calvin Rosey said Friday.

Ottawa Music will be located in a 3,000-square-foot building on the property, Rosey said. The function of another 4,000-square-foot building on the site has yet to be determined, he said.

The Roseys and several homeowners recently sold their properties to make room for the future development of a 54,000-square-foot Price Chopper store to be built on a 10.4-acre site where Ottawa Music store and several residences stand just north of Orscheln Farm and Home, 2008 S. Princeton St.

Once the deal was formalized July 12, Rosey said, he had 30 days to vacate the 19th Street store.

“One thing I like about the new building is that it already had three rooms that can be used to give music lessons — 30 days didn’t give me enough time to choose a location where I would have had to build the lesson rooms,” Rosey said. “I also was worried about having enough parking if I looked for a place downtown. This site gives us plenty of room for parking.”

The final building inspection was set for Friday afternoon, Rosey said.

“I have crews ready to start moving [the business] at 6 a.m. Saturday,” he said. “We want to open at 1 [p.m.] Monday in the new location.”

Ottawa Music is open from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Rosey is planning to build a deck or stage on the property where outdoor music recitals and small concerts could take place, he said.

The Roseys, who have nearly 35 years of experience in the music industry, carry everything from pianos, brass and woodwind instruments to guitars, bass, drums and percussion, accessories and sheet music, as well as hard to find traditional, folk and mountain instruments like banjos, dulcimers and mandolins, according to the company’s website www.ottawamusicstore.com

The business also has in-store teachers for private lessons and an on-site repair technician for musical instruments, guitar amplifiers and electronics. The company buys, sells and trades just about any musical instrument, as well as rents most instruments, the website said.

The pending move did not come without a hiccup, Rosey said.

A septic tank problem forced the business, which is just outside the city limits, to connect with the City of Ottawa’s sewer line, Rosey said.

“That means [the store] will have to be annexed into the city limits,” Rosey said city officials told him.

A timetable for the annexation has yet to be set, but Rosey anticipated it would happen in the near future.

Despite that bump in the road, Rosey said he is pleased with the new site, which will help the business maintain its stated mission: “To help people make music.”

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