Everyone has heard Bobby Lalonde
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.”