On an average day in Zack’s Music Shop, shoppers and meanderers are likely to find the whole Brooks family working together in the store.
Zack Brooks, his wife Cassie Brooks, their daughter and their newborn baby are all getting settled in the shop’s new Main Street location. After deciding to expand their operation, the family-run store landed in what was once Gracelynn & Co. Boutique, right next to House Blend.
Owner, store namesake, and the muse for the store’s cartoon logo, Zack Brooks teaches lessons and repairs guitars for the shop. His wife Cassie and his brother Austin Brooks help watch the storefront and Zack and Cassie’s kids also add to the team.
Lynnon, 3, plays on the drums she’s already taken a liking to and even tries to help sell things sometimes, Cassie said. The youngest member of the family isn’t able to help out much yet, but Lyric, who was born August 30, is in the mix as well.
There are a few new things offered in the Main Street location, including a variety of vinyl records, t-shirts and collectibles ranging in genre from classic rock to classical.
“Zeppelin was the band that got me started,” Zack Brooks said on a recent tour of his store for a Dickson Post reporter.
Other than a chance to expand the storefront, the new location also provides a sound proof room for drum lessons, unlike their previous location, Brooks said.
The eight teachers of Zack’s Music Shop offer private lessons in guitar, mandolin, bass, banjo, piano, voice, drums and cello among others.
Brooks grew up in Southeast Illinois but moved to Dickson when he was a sophomore and graduated from Dickson County High School.
Brooks decided to open the store’s original location on Hwy 70 after Mary’s Music, which was open for 38 years, closed down five years ago, he said. Brooks had taken guitar lessons at the store and eventually was an instructor himself for eight years.
“I loved working at the music store,” Brooks said. “It was just cool and I hated to see that go.”
Once Mary’s was gone, there weren’t any other music stores in the city, and he didn’t think nearby music lovers should have to go all the way to Nashville for instruments or accessories.
“We’re trying to get up to that (level),” he said. “Everybody knew her name.”
While online shopping is growing in popularity, buying an instrument is something that will always need to be done in person, Brooks said.
“With an instrument it’s way more personal,” he said. “Every guitar is different.”