— 248th Guitar Center location features on-site lessons and repair services, along with GC’s vast inventory selection —
Westlake Village, CA (June 3, 2013) – On the evening of Thursday, May 30, 2013, Guitar Center held the grand opening of its new location in Bellingham, Washington, located at 3960 Meridian St., Suite 101, Bellingham, WA 98226. The Bellingham store (Guitar Center’s 248th retail location) is part of a new wave of Guitar Center retail stores that feature lesson spaces, which allows the brand to offer additional music lessons, special programs and expanded opportunities for local musicians.
Bellingham Store Manager Kelly Sites stated, “I’m very excited to be a part of the new Bellingham store. I grew up making music in the Northeast and it’s so rewarding to help my friends, neighbors and colleagues continue to do the same. Helping get the perfect instrument in the hands of just the right customer, while also helping our customers learn or hone their craft at the awesome new Guitar Center Studios, is what makes this job so special for myself and the staff every single day.” Sites is GC certified in guitars, accessories, pro audio, drums and keyboards, and has been with the company for six years.
Guitar Center Bellingham: What Musicians Will Find In-Store
Guitar Center Studios – Deeply vested in expanding and enhancing the Bellingham music scene, Guitar Center Bellingham also brings Guitar Center Studios to the new location. The fully-equipped, in-house lesson space is giving Bellingham residents of all ages and skill levels access to affordable music lessons. Sourcing locally trained store employees as certified instructors, courses will be offered on guitar, bass, keys and drums, as well as vocals and recording techniques using Pro Tools and Logic Pro and GarageBand.
Vast Product Selection and Low Prices – Guitar Center Bellingham brings an unprecedented selection of products to Bellingham, all backed by Guitar Center’s guarantee and available at attractive prices. The store features the latest in guitars, amplifiers, percussion instruments and keyboards, as well as live sound, DJ, lighting and recording equipment.
Guitar Center Garage – Guitar Center Bellingham includes GC Garage, the store’s on-site guitar repair service, offering a host of services, including electronics repair, hardware customization, fretwork, structural repairs, cosmetic enhancements, setup and maintenances.
Guitar Center Bellingham: Additional In-Store Programs and Opportunities Include:
Guitar Center’s “Endless Aisle” – Bellingham customers can now shop from Guitar Center’s new multi-channel “endless aisle,” which extends the in-store inventory to over $400 million in new and used products from across the nation. Shoppers will be able to purchase in-store, online and via phone, with the option to have products shipped to their home or to the store for convenient pick up.
At: Guitar Center Programs – Throughout the calendar year, Guitar Center Bellingham will host an array of free events, such as artist workshops, lessons, product launches and performances, as a part of the company’s ongoing commitment to educating and assisting unsigned artists. These programs aim to provide musicians with the opportunities and exposure essential to achieving their music goals.
Recording Made Easy – Available at all Guitar Center locations, the Recording Made Easy program is a four-week, user-friendly series of weekly classes occurring Saturdays from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
In addition to special programs at the new Bellingham store, Guitar Center offers year-round programs designed to spearhead creativity and highlight promising undiscovered talent. Bellingham residents will now be able to participate in these ongoing events from their hometown. Programs have included Your Next Record, Guitar Center On-Stage, Guitar Center Singer-Songwriter, Guitar Center's Battle of the Blues and Guitar Center’s Drum-Off.
Guitar Center Bellingham Store and Studio Hours
Mon-Fri: 11 AM-8 PM
Sat: 10 AM-8 PM
Sun: 12 PM-6 PM