A sweet move: New digs put Jubilee Music in its full glory

By on June 11, 2019

A new sign and a new location for Jubilee Music Store.

A new sign and a new location for Jubilee Music Store.

As moves go, Jubilee Music’s move into in Seagate North in Kill Devil Hills isn’t much of a move. Maybe 15 or 20 yards from the old location on the north edge of the plaza to where Mom’s Sweet Shop used to be.

But what it offers is the whole range of Ronnie Swaim’s inventory.

That inventory may have been available at the old location, but if that was the case — and it was — there was probably some sort of divine intervention that kept the original store from bursting at the seams.

Even with two times the space, the walls are filled with guitars, mandolins, violins, banjos, ukuleles and any number of woodwind instruments and a few I’ve left out.

Here’s the thing … the Jubilee Music Store isn’t just any music store. This is the place to get your musical yayas out and dream about that $2,600 Gibson Hummingbird. Or the vintage Gibson mandolin. Or a Martin D28.

The complete inventory is now on display at Jubilee Music Store.

For musicians, it’s a Mecca. Ronnie is a musician himself, and Amanda Williams, who helps out a lot, is also a musician. What they know, and any musician will tell you, is you have to play an instrument to know if it’s right for you.

At least 50% of the time walking into the store, there is someone jamming away on some string instrument, and Ronnie is invariably grinning and loving it.

This new location includes a couple of features he just couldn’t squeeze into that other store. For one thing, there are floor racks with accessories on them. That may not sound like much, but it sure makes it easier to shop for a tuner, cords for electronics or a guitar strap.

And then there’s the stage. Not a big stage, and only about 9 inches above the floor, but it does give a place to bring some folks in and play a little music.

The old place? That’s another good guys win out story. The Mustang Outreach Program will be moving there in July. Amanda is the assistant director of the program, working with Ruth Wyand. Mustang Outreach helps kids hone their musical and performance skills. Seeing the kids in performance is a testament to the work they do.

Mom’s Sweet Shop is moving into what was the Duck Village Outfitter store in Kill Devil Hills. They’re still working on it, but it should be open soon.

A couple other quick notes about Jubilee Music Store. Ronnie is a luthier — skilled in stringed instrument repair. He also rents guitars.

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