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Moving the Needle

La. Music Factory Moving Sale Precedes Relocation to Frenchmen Street

After residing at their current locale for the past 14 years, the Louisiana Music Factory is shutting its French Quarter doors. But fear not, the long-time business is moving deeper into the middle of the local music scene with a spot on the corner of Frenchmen and Decatur.


Owner Barry Smith says there will be a storewide moving sale starting Friday, January 24, with all inventory 20% off at the 210 Decatur St. location. The sale will continue through until February 1, which is the last day of the sale before the crew behind much-loved spot to buy local music on record packs up.


Luck was on Smith’s side when coming across the new space at 421 Frenchmen Street. With his lease ending in December 2013 and the building being sold, a friend of Smith’s let him know the space on Frenchmen was becoming available. The two-story building which previously housed an antique shop on the first floor, has big glass windows which Smith said will make the store more visible and inviting. The new space is all on one level, as opposed to the current two-story arrangement. Smith has contributed to the contracting and has had help from others with renovations.


The new location will open its doors to the public on February 8, Smith said.


The 15-block relocation marks a shift to a dynamic, vivacious street filled with local music, eats and culture.


While Smith has enjoyed being rooted on Decatur, he has also noticed a slight decline in live local music in the area.


“Everything else for the most part in the neighborhood that was music oriented has just all gone away,” he said. 


In a bittersweet statement, Smith said, “We have the House of Blues, who are still there, and they’ve been a great neighbor to us, so I kind of hate to leave them.”


But Smith hopes to improve business in a more fitting environment.


“I’m just hoping for a fresh start in a more music oriented neighborhood,” said Smith.


While hoping to keep tourists’ business, Smith also strives to get more locals into the store.


With favorite hot spots like Blue Nile, The Maison, Three Muses and d.b.a., among others, the Music Factory is more likely to attract New Orleanians with simpler parking and its slew of legendary local music.  


“I’m sure I’ve got the biggest selection of New Orleans jazz of any place, anywhere,” said Smith.


“I’m carrying a lot of stuff that you just dont necessarily see in other places or other stores,” which Smith believes has helped them keep a core group of customers. The store’s biggest selling point is supporting local musicians and having a deep catalog of historical music from around the city and state. Carrying early New Orleans jazz, Cajun and other music that is easily a hundred years old, Smith said he’s beaten the odds with the store’s focus and specialty on the local independent music.


The Louisiana Music Factory's new location will be open to the public February 8, and will host their grand opening on March 8 with a storewide sale and three to four local bands performing.

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