Ev­ery­one has heard Bobby Lalonde

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Even if you've never vis­ited Bobby Lalonde Mu­sic in Hawkes­bury, chances are your life has al­ready been touched by the sea­soned team of pro­fes­sion­als who works there.

That's be­cause Bobby Lalonde Mu­sic, lo­cated at 1002 Main St. E., is so much more than a mu­sic store. It's also a pur­veyor and in­staller of sound equip­ment. It looks af­ter the sound ev­ery year at the Glen­garry High­land Games, it in­stalled the sound sys­tem in Alexan­dria's own St. Finnan's Cathe­dral, and most re­cently over­saw all the sound at the In­ter­na­tional Plow­ing Match in Finch.

“We had six stages go­ing si­mul­ta­ne­ously there,” ex­plains Bobby Lalonde, who has been a pro­fes­sional mu­si­cian for 37 years.

Though he toured ex­ten­sively and has a num­ber of Cana­dian Coun­try Mu­sic Awards to his credit, the 57-year-old says that op­er­at­ing his 4,000-square-foot store is what takes up a lot of his time th­ese days.

The busi­ness is about a lot more than just sell­ing in­stru­ments. Sure you can pick up a gui­tar or a man­dolin or a vi­o­lin there but you can also buy or rent a sound sys­tem, light­ing equip­ment, pro­jec­tors and screens – ev­ery­thing you need to make a pre­sen­ta­tion look pro­fes­sional.

Bobby Lalonde Mu­sic also has a num­ber of teach­ing stu­dios where stu­dents can learn how to play gui­tar, man­dolin, vi­o­lin, drums and bass.

The store also sells gift cer­tifi­cates and Mr. Lalonde of­fers a na­tional price match guar­an­tee for any mu­sic store in Canada. evolve. “Ev­ery year styles change and we have the prod­ucts to sat­isfy ev­ery taste,” say the Gareaus.

The se­cret to their suc­cess? “We are the one-stop shop and we pro­vide fast and friendly ser­vice.”

Ca­ter­ing to in­di­vid­u­als, teams and busi­nesses, Chico & Jo sells awards of all kinds – tro­phies, plaques, medals, as well as gift­ware, sports­wear and pro­mo­tional items. The store also of­fers em­broi­dery, silk screen­ing, sub­li­ma­tion, heat press­ing and en­grav­ing ma­chines.

The Gareaus note that sports­wear or gift­ware can be cus­tom­ized in-house. Spring and win­ter soft-shell jack­ets are among their more pop­u­lar lines.

Why should con­sumers shop lo­cally? “Be­cause we are the ones do­nat­ing and spon­sor­ing their events, be­cause if ev­ery­one would buy on­line, we would have a ghost town.”

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