If you’ve spent much time in McKinney, you’ve probably heard of The Guitar Sanctuary. I was able to stop in for a visit last week, and I must say, the name is fitting.
Still located in Adriatica, the new home of the Guitar Sanctuary is beautiful, and feels almost like you are walking into a museum, except the curators are much more fun and even a little huggy (Maylee).
This is no typical guitar shop. Here you will find special, one-of-a-kind pieces worthy of any collection. Brian explained to me that they work with guitar and bass players who are looking for unique and limited edition instruments. For example, the Tom Anderson Hollow Drop T Classic in Atlantic Storm with Natural Back is the featured instrument today. The Guitar Sanctuary is really a destination shop for musicians who are looking for the instrument.
No Stage Fright Here
In addition to the guitar shop, The Guitar Sanctuary also operates the Performance Academy, offering lessons in guitar, bass, voice, cello, violin and even ukelele. The new facility offers seven private lesson rooms so their teachers have state of the art facilities for teaching.
The word “performance” was strategically placed in the name of the school. Not only do they provide the lessons, they also provide performance opportunities for their students. Each eight weeks, students put on a show in a live venue, so they are taught not only the technical aspects of their instrument, but the performance piece, too. After all, isn’t that why you learn an instrument? To perform?
Rock ‘n’ Roll Rags
If you have ever seen Maylee Thomas-Fuller perform or run into her around town, you know she’s got a fantastic and unique sense of style. Well, she has put together a great little shop within The Guitar Sanctuary so you can cultivate your own Rock ‘n’ Roll style.
It’s All About Community
Shane, who directs the Performance Academy, explained to me that all of these pieces – the Guitar Shop, the Performance Academy, and the Apparel Store – are part of a greater mission. He says that their goal in twenty years is not to say that they sold some guitars and taught a few lessons. Rather, they want to look back and say that they helped create a community around music in McKinney, TX.
I’d say they are off to a good start. I’m excited to have a front row seat for it.
The Guitar Sanctuary
6633 Virginia Pkwy
McKinney, TX. 75071
Tuesday thru Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
P.S. Here’s a visual treat of the Guitar Sanctuary from real estate photographer Ann Hiner: