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Popular Reno Music Store to Close After 54 Years in Business

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After 54 years in business, Maytan Music has announced it will be closing its doors for good this spring.

"I always loved it here," says Marianne Maytan, who now manages the store. "You could just walk through the halls and hear piano lessons or clarinet or oboe. Guitars and violins were everywhere. It was just fabulous."

But after 54 years in business the recession and the internet have taken a toll on sales and they have announced they will be closing their doors in March. For Iris Maytan it's been the home she's built. She and her husband Steve opened the store together. He died in 1997.

"It's been hard without Steve," she says with a tear in her eye. "And it's sad. But it's what we need to do."

Iris plays every day on the pianos in the store. And the store has played a part in launching a lot of young musicians.

"We rent to about 6,500 students a year...every year," Marianne Maytan says. "Over 50 years that's a lot of rentals. And one of my favorite things is always going to the school concerts and seeing so many of the instruments we provided making such beautiful music."

So what will Iris do when the doors close?

"I'll practice piano and oboe and English horn and clarinet," she says. "And I hope to get back to my knitting."

At 88, Iris is still active in service groups in town and plays in the Maytan Band every other Monday. For the dedicated, music is a lifestyle.

Written by Erin Breen

 

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