Community members celebrate 50 years of Quinn’s Music

Jake Trethaway, Allison LeVeque and Marc Conley play the song “Wagon Wheel” during a performance in the open mic corner during the anniversary celebration at Quinn’s Music on Saturday in downtown Big Rapids. The event was in honor of the store’s 50th anniversary. (Pioneer photos/Emily Grove)

BIG RAPIDS — Past employees, customers, and friends both old and new gathered Saturday at Quinn’s Music in Big Rapids to recognize the store’s special milestone.

Saturday was the 50th anniversary of the opening of Quinn’s Music, which first opened on St. Patrick’s Day 1968 under the ownership of Don and Mary Quinn. Don died in 1977, and Mary continued to run the store, hiring Marc Conley as the manager in the late 1970s. Conley purchased the business on May 1, 1982, and has owned it since then.

The anniversary celebration was customer-focused, offering refreshments, snacks, prizes and an open mic for those interested in entertaining attendees.

There was a constant flow of people throughout the day, as people stopped in to reminisce, make purchases and enjoy the atmosphere.

“There were way more people here than we even expected,” Conley said. “It feels great to have all these people show up and support us. It means a lot.”

Customers look at instruments and other prizes as part of a giveaway for the 50th anniversary event at Quinn’s Music.

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Posted by Emily Grove

Emily is the Pioneer and Herald Review crime and court reporter, covering crime in both Mecosta and Osceola counties. She can be reached by e-mail at emily@pioneergroup.com or by phone at (231) 592-8362.

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