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Music resonates in quaint, local business

January 22, 2014

Bradley Lambert poses Tuesday in his Park Street Music and Mercantile shop on Park Street in Wapakoneta. (Staff photo/ Michelle Meunier)

In a small, quiet building on Park Street, you’ll find Bradley Lambert, fixing, selling and teaching instruments like electric and acoustic guitar, banjo, bass, mandolin, Dobro and ukelele.

A Dobro is a particularly designed resonator guitar trademarked by the Gibson Guitar Corporation.

Lambert has been in music for the better part of 30 years, working in stores and being in bands, so in May 2011 he opened Park Street Music and Mercantile, located at, 8 Park St., in Wapakoneta.

He said when he moved here he was getting a lot of requests for lessons, and was doing most of those in his house.

“My wife pretty much made me go out and get a place to do it so I wouldn’t do it in the house, and it turned into this,” he said.

Lori Lambert, Bradley’s wife, does a lot of the Internet work for the store, and is also part of the bluegrass band New Outlook with Bradley and a couple of other musicians from Indiana and New Castle who were hired to play guitar and mandolin for the band. New Outlook performs at festivals across the country and in Canada from about Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Lambert said he grew up in a musical family and migrated into it as a profession playing banjo, guitar, bass and mandolin.

“Banjo is probably my favorite, I enjoy playing it more than anything,” he said. “I started on guitar when I was like 8 or 9-years-old, so I still kind of stay close with that too, I play it as much as I can.”

Lambert currently has students ranging in age from 4 to 73, and works to provide lessons specific to each student’s skills.

“We try to customize every lesson package to the student regardless of who they are, whether they’re older or younger,” he said. “We try to stay with a plan, it’s much more effective that way.”
 

For the full story, see the Wednesday, Jan. 22 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.

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