Retired friends open shop for the love of music
When they worked at Restaurant Equippers, friends Keith Beougher and Owen Walton loved talking about music.
After they both retired, they were on the golf course when they got an idea for a "passion project."
This summer, Beougher and Walton made their idea a reality when they opened Penguin Music at 3965 First St. in the Grove City Town Center.
They buy and sell old vinyl records, CDs, turntables, 45s and instruments. They even have a jukebox for sale.
The store's collection runs the gamut from Frank Sinatra to Ozzy Osbourne and all genres from rock and blue grass to rap and country.
"We're not snobs in any way," Walton said. "We just like music."
Walton said Beougher came up with the name Penguin Music with a text message at 2 a.m.
"I asked him why 'Penguin Music,' " Walton said. "He said, 'Everybody loves penguins.' "
"The significance is there's no significance," Beougher said.
On the hand, music has certainly been an important part of their lives, they said, whether it was spending a first paycheck on a new album or seeing Jim Croce opening a concert for Loggins and Messina.
"I've collected music since I was 13 years old," Beougher said. "I remember sitting there playing the record and looking at the inside sleeve."
Walton studied music appreciation in college.
"It triggers a memory," he said. "You listen to it, it puts you in a place. ... 'Oh, I remember this. I was doing this when this came out.' "
It's that feeling, Walton said, customers have experienced when they've come inside the store. One group of ladies, he said, came into the store and started dancing when they played the songs they found.
"That's why we do it," Walton said. "We had a couple come in here from Louisville, Ky., because they have a jukebox. Those tapes can be hard to find."
Beougher and Walton said they simply enjoy talking music with their customers.
"Customers come in and tell us stories about the music," he said.
Penguin Music is open from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call the store at 614-390-0071.