Just Imagine Turns the Corner
"I had to do something--we were the only retail around the corner, and we just weren't getting the traffic," Harris explains. And, he adds, "I love this space." Children's toys, games, and gifts fill the front of the store, with books toward the back. His music business has grown from a "sideline" to more of a highlight, all along the exposed brick wall. He sells a range of acoustic stringed instruments--standard guitars to mandolins to the Latin American cuatro, as well as brass instruments and accessories.
When Harris and his family moved from California a decade ago, his daughter was in high school and played the trumpet. He did an Internet search to find the best fit for academics and music, and he says Chelsea came out tops. His daughter has since moved to the east coast for her career, but Harris and his wife, Nancy, remain enthusiastic supporters of the town.
"For a time it seemed Main Street had empty-storefront disease," he says. "This is way too successful a strip to have that happen--and I wanted to help. Having a vibrant and walkable downtown is important to me."