Music Emporium Closing Mar. 6

By: Lindsey Brown Email
By: Lindsey Brown Email

At the Music Emporium, it has always been about the music, selling it, listening to it and talking about it.

"I have this whole soundtrack of my life that came from this store," said owner Aislinn Webb. "Whatever I was going through, it kind of seemed that whatever we were listening to, we can listen to it and it brings back those time of the life."

But along with music, family has also been the focus. Webb's father, Art Matthews, opened the store, and his first customer turned out to be wife, Debbie.

The two raised their children, Aislinn and Josh, around the store and now it's Aislinn who had to make the tough decision to shut the doors for good. She took over ownership eight years ago.

"We talked about it and we have been talking about it," said Matthews. "She finally saw the light. It is a financial strain. She is so smart, she will be fine."

Music is no longer a physical product technology. That has really killed the independent music store, just like a lot of other mom and pop stores in other industries.

And now word of Music Emporium's closing has spread like news of the hottest album once did. Old friends and customers are stopping by, many browsing through CDs, but mostly they are catching up with Art and Aislinn.

"That will be the saddest part, not being able to talk about what you like. What bands inspire you at this time, or mean something to you at your life," said Webb.

Any business that has been open for nearly four decades has done so with the support of the community. And while the family will miss its customers, the community has lost a treasure.

"Meridian has been so good to me and my family, so I really thank them," Matthews said.

These doors may close, but the music and memories they held will be around forever.

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  • by Guy Gyverson Location: Meridian on Mar 5, 2010 at 09:13 AM
    I remember riding by there and making fun of the kids camping out for New Kids On The Block tickets!
  • by Rhonda Location: clarkdale on Feb 25, 2010 at 12:50 PM
    Time is not on our side!I'm an old hippie and i don't know what to do.Dust In The Wind!!Man at the memories running through my mind.A LEGAND IN IT'S ON TIME!!! Going there one last time to reminice and purchase one last tune or trinket from there.Got my ZZ TOP and BAD COMPANY and JETHRO TULL tickets there back in the mid 70"s.
  • by Not Ashamed on Feb 25, 2010 at 09:31 AM
    I remember camping out in our sleeping bags on the sidewalks of the Music Emporium to be the first in line to get New Kids On the Block tickets.
  • by Stephen Location: Alabama on Feb 24, 2010 at 08:49 PM
    This is terribly sad news! I haven't lived in Meridian as a full-time resident since I was a high school graduate in 1993 about to leave for college. I bought a lot of my music and concert tickets at the ME back in the '80s and '90s. I remember getting ZZ Top and Def Leppard tickets from Art - well before LiveNation and Ticketmaster took over the ticket-selling market. My last visit to the store was in the summer of 2008 when I was in town one weekend and I'm very glad that I stopped in. I still prefer to buy physical albums (CDs), but I realize that most people don't anymore, instead opting for either downloadable content through iTunes, Rhapsody, etc., or by just visitng free websites such as Youtube. The Music Emporium is a Mississippi institution that will be missed!!!
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