Gracewinds Music, a downtown Corvallis business since 1985, will soon be closing. Ken and Sharon Oefelein are looking to retire, while their son and business partner Travis is looking for more time with his children. They are selling off much of the store’s inventory—instruments, books, furniture, fixtures—in a sale beginning Saturday, Nov. 19.
The closing of the store is complicated by the fact that it was announced in The Gazette-Times earlier than the owners had intended. Hundreds of people have been coming to the store, telling the Oefeleins how much the store has meant to them. Professional musicians and others have come in to express their gratitude. Many locals have grown up with Gracewinds, having been introduced to them as a kid and cherishing it as the place to go for music ever since.
The store’s band and school music division will reopen in the New Year as Windsmith Music, under the ownership of Mark and Katie Rasmussen, former repair technicians at Gracewinds. The instrument rentals and online aspects of Gracewinds will eventually become part of Windsmith as well. Even so, there is going to be a very large hole left in downtown Corvallis, and in the Corvallis music scene.
By John M. Burt