The beat is going on at the Walton Music House, a village music store that has been operated by the same family since 1957.
A third generation, Nate Jamieson, is preparing to take the baton from his father, Larry, whose father, Arthur, passed it along to him.
“I came to work for my dad in 1985 and started buying him out about a year later,” Larry said. “I guess I became the official owner somewhere around ‘87-’88.”
Nate, a 2000 Walton graduate, and his wife Tara moved back home this year from Seattle where he was working union AV and rigging gigs, to learn and gradually take over and buy out the business. And, as his dad did, he brings his own ideas to the business.
“We just started a Facebook page, maybe three or four weeks ago,” he said this week.
The father and son team also is working on improving the store’s internet sales.
“We’ve done some internet sales,” Larry said, adding that he’s bought and sold about 250 items on eBay.
But right now, “I’ve got just kind of an informational website,” he said.
Together, they plan to change that.
“We want to replace (the current Web page) with one that’s really got pictures of the stock that we carry,” Nate said.
“We’ll have a shopping cart,” he added. “You can either use a credit card or PayPal. You can look at and buy things.”
Identifying a need is exactly how the business got started.
“My dad was a high school band director in Walton, and the reason he started his business was his students didn’t have anyplace to buy oil and grease and wires and things like that that they needed,” Larry said.
The store is in its third location since its founding in a house on Townsend Street. It now occupies a standalone store at 153 North St.