Handmade instrument, music store moving to 41st Street

March 11, 2019

Instrument builder Josh Rieck is moving and expanding his business to 41st Street.

The owner of J. Rieck Music is known for his handcrafted guitars and ukuleles. He started building them in 2004 out of his home.

He’s relocating his shop to the Gilrich retail center on West 41st Street between Minnesota and Grange avenues in the space that previously was Greens & Spices.

Rieck has worked out of a space at 6009 S. Sundowner Ave. for the past few years, but hours mostly have been by appointment, and his focus was on building instruments.

The new space allows him to add two lesson rooms and a retail area where he plans to sell items such as accessories, strings and instruments on consignment.

“They took out the drop ceiling, so it has good height, a hardwood floor, and the visibility is fantastic,” Rieck said. “People are used to coming to this part of town for music and music service, so it’s a good fit.”

He’s near the former Riff City Guitar, which closed last month.

J. Rieck Music also will offer repairs on instruments in the guitar and violin families, as well as amplifier repair.

He’s adding a string instrument rental program for kids.

“That’s something I’m hoping I can build up and help the business,” he said.

He’s working with several music instructors who will hold lessons there but can add more, he said.

Rieck will continue to offer new instrument building services, too, with some of his own creations added along the way as he can.

“Most of what I have time for is custom orders,” he said. “And anything I have built on spec usually sells right away, so I’ll build as much as I can.”

The plan is to be open sometime in April with a May 1 grand opening.

Handmade instrument, music store moving to 41st Street

Instrument builder Josh Rieck is moving and expanding his business to 41st Street.

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