One of the last remaining independent music stores in the region has closed. Airport Music, which called 448 Cayuga Road in Cheektowaga home for the past 40 years, closed over the weekend.
The store and its small staff, overseen by owner Dave Jurewicz, did it all from instrument sales, rental and repair, to private lessons on a variety of instruments.
In a Facebook post announcing the closing, store manager Bryon Federick noted the community aspect of Airport Music's modus operandi. "I can't tell you how rewarding it has been supplying instruments to thousands of school children throughout the years," he wrote. "Likewise, it has been an absolute joy giving lessons to thousands of Western New Yorkers, both young and old ... and ... providing musical instruments, supplies, repairs, and advice to the many talented and world-class local musicians that continue to keep the Buffalo music scene alive."
Customers commenting in response to the post shared their memories of shopping at Airport Music, whether recalling the first guitar amp they purchased as an up-and-coming musician, or the trumpet they rented for a child beginning their own journey with music. Federick closed his post by urging the store's customers to continue to support local music retailers and instrument service providers.
Airport Music will sell its remaining stock via Reverb.com (reverb.com/shop/airportmusic) and Ebay.