Best Musical Instrument Store - 2010
With all due respect to the big-box retailers of the world, the best music-gear stores aren't those with the biggest showrooms and the newest, shiniest stock. You want a shop with personality, with character and with an ever-changing collection of old and new gear. The Loop's GoMusicSTL offers a mixed bag of gear-head delights: guitars, woodwinds, melodicas and a nice selection of vintage and boutique amplifiers line the walls, along with the usual picks, strings, reeds and assorted accessories. The shop was formerly located in the old Baton Music storefront near the Tivoli, but its new location adjacent to Brandt's Café offers a larger showroom and additional space for music lessons. Because that's what good gear shops do: They get people hooked on the love of playing music, and then they continue to foster that passion.