Name of business: McKibben Music

Owner: Mack McKibben

Address: 1118 Monticello St., on the Square in Covington

Phone: 770-784-9101

Web site:

Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

COVINGTON - Music has come to the Square in Covington.

McKibben Music recently opened its doors in the space where R&L Shop operated for more than 40 years on Monticello Street.

"I've had the dream to do this for long time," said owner Mack McKibben. "I've been a piano technician and musician in the Atlanta area for more than 30 years and we just decided that we were going to open the store."

McKibben Music offers a little bit for everyone, from the accomplished musician to the beginner.

McKibben said the store offers pianos, keyboards, amplifiers, guitars, amplifiers and other audio gear, including all the accessories. McKibben carries brand names such as Takamine, Kona and Peavy.

In addition to merchandise, music lovers can hone their talents. McKibben Music provides guitar, piano and drum lessons. McKibben said they currently have five guitar teachers and one drum instructor. He said they are in discussions with a couple piano teachers, as well. Right now, the store has two studios for lessons, but with a 600-square-foot basement, the potential is there to expand.

"This is a good central hub, a good location for families to come and shop and drop off their kids for a half-hour music lesson," McKibben said.

McKibben said one is never too young - although he suggested age 6 is optimal - or old to start learning an instrument. He said he has seen people in their 70s pick up playing the piano.

"It's really a testimony to their determination," he said. "It shows that if they want it bad enough, they can do it."

McKibben has lived in Newton County most of his life and has been in the music business for more than 30 years. In addition to working as a piano technician throughout his career, the father of five is a jazz musician and performs about four nights a week.

Opening McKibben Music is just an extension of that passion, he said, and has become a family affair. His wife, Deborah, his son, Micah, and daughter Anna, are all a part of the business.

On Saturday, McKibben Music will celebrate its grand opening with music in the park throughout the day. From 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., bands, choir, single acts and duos will perform on the Square.

Editor's note: The owner and a co-founder of Hair-Bracadabra recently wrote the Citizen and asked for an opportunity to thank their customers after deciding that they would be closing the business and joining with Southern Style Salon at 1706 Ga. Highway 138 on Nov. 8.

To our customers:

We want to thank all of our clients and friends for allowing us the opportunity to serve them over the past several years. We have made good friends and shared a lot of wonderful memories. We are excited about our new location. We look forward to continuing our friendships and serving them in our new surroundings.

Sheila Baker, owner

Patricia Christian, co-founder