Five years ago, Kyle Maggart’s girlfriend introduced him to one of her passions: vinyl records.
Her passion became his passion.
“It is so much more of an experience than just downloading a song off the Internet,” he said. “And it is something to share with friends and family. The sound also is a little better, a little richer.”
Maggart, 26, had been working as a manager at an area Aldi store. But he also opened a booth to buy and sell vinyl records in Olathe’s Green Expressions, a vintage store that has about 60 vendors. When he accumulated an inventory of more than 6,000 records, he started making plans for his own shop.
His girlfriend, Bettsy Ortiz, has cancer so he wanted a flexible work schedule that would allow him to accompany her to doctors’ appointments.
“And I really wanted to do something that I had a real passion for, that I looked forward to doing every morning,” he said.
He is teaming up with his older brother, Cole Maggart, 30, who has been a guitar teacher for more than 15 years, most recently at Legacy Music in Lee’s Summit.
Brothers Music will sell new and used vinyl records, CDs, turntables, guitars, amplifiers and accessories, as well music-themed T-shirts. It also will have five lesson rooms for acoustic and electric guitar, bass and drums.
“We will do in-store performances for new record releases and for new artists, as well as student performances,” said Cole Maggart.
Their uncle, Gary Hall, has been a successful entrepreneur in the Kansas City area and is serving as a mentor to the brothers. A cousin, Kara Payton, is owner of KCM Studios, a Kansas City photography and art studio. She is pitching in by painting a bright mural along one wall.
The 2,400-square-foot Brothers Music, 5921 Johnson Drive, Mission, is scheduled to open at 11 a.m. Saturday. The grand opening event will include food trucks, prizes, giveaways, and deals on gear, collectibles and vinyl.
Coming to Legends Outlets
The company said its customers can find some of the same items in an F21 Red store that can be found in one of its full-line Forever 21 shops — including Forever 21 Men, Forever 21 Plus and Forever 21 Girls. And while F21 Red is not a discount or outlet store, it “maintains the entry-level price points Forever 21 is known for offering.”
The store will focus on tops, denim, active, logo tees, fashion basics and accessories. In addition, it also will have an increased assortment for men, boys and girls. Customers can expect to find jeans for less than $8, tank tops for less than $5, and camisoles for $2.
The 16,045-square-foot store is scheduled to open Nov. 7 at 1817 Village West Parkway, Kansas City, Kan.
The company currently operates 21 F21 Red stores and more than 730 Forever 21 stores.
▪ Watch Station plans a Nov. 2 opening in the Legends Outlets next to GameStop. Watch Station sells fashion and designer luxury timepieces, including Fossil-owned and licensed watch brands like Marc by Marc Jacobs, Emporio Armani, DKNY and Diesel.
Let's Crêpe, which specializes in sweet and savory crepes and Asian flatbreads, opened Tuesday in Town Center Plaza, 4872 W. 119th St., Leawood. Crepe and flatbread fillings include red curry with chicken and pepperoni pesto.