B-Sharp music store opens in new Beaufort spot

emoody@beaufortgazette.comSeptember 14, 2012 

Mike Ponder, co-owner of the newly opened B-Sharp Music Store, tries out a Schecter C1 Plus electric guitar while son Jarrod, 10, plays the drums and fellow owner Jeremy Haden mans the register Friday afternoon in Beaufort.


A Beaufort music store has moved out of incubator space at ARTworks into its own shop and changed its name.

Strings N' Things is now B-Sharp and operating at 6 Neil Road. The store is a partnership between Jen and Jeremy Hayden and Mike Ponder. It had a soft opening Monday and is planning a grand opening later. The owners said Friday that traffic at the store had been steady all week.

"We're a really friendly store," Ponder said. "If you come through the door and you aren't laughing, something is wrong."

Among other items, the store provides sheet music, lessons, repairs, how-to videos, instruments, audio equipment, and Ponder said it can supply additional items if customers ask.

"We're trying to bring back a better quality of music store to Beaufort," Ponder said. Several large deliveries of products are expected soon, he said.

The store has an acoustic room, a drum and keyboard room, and an outdoor sound systems room, along with a repair shed behind the building.

Ponder, who is involved with the Boy Scouts because of his two young sons, said owners intend to open the parking lot for community events like Scouts activities and classic car shows.

Information: 843-524-6344

In other changes around town:

  • Furnish 1-2-3, an Ashley and Ashley Signature furniture store, has opened in Perimeter Walk, 745 Robert Smalls Parkway, Beaufort.

  • The 5,000-square-foot store will display goods in room packages, according to a press release. Those packages include furniture and accessories such as rugs, lamps and wall art.

    Information: 843-524-5233.

  • Beaufort Tobacco cigar shop has opened at 1100 Carteret St., Beaufort.

  • The store sells premium cigars, humidors, hookahs, accessories and other tobacco-related products. Mix-and-match boxes of 20 to 25 cigars are sold at up to 20 percent off, and military personnel receive a 10-percent discount.

    Information: 843-322-0333, www.beauforttobacco.com

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