Music fades for Woopi's Soundwaves
SHARON Bryce from Woopi’s Soundwaves has joined the latest trend in the music industry – she is closing down.
Suppliers told her that two to three music stores across Australia were shutting their doors every week.
Figures show that in the decade to 2008, recorded music sales plummeted 25%, and with the ever-decreasing US dollar, retail sales have continued to dive against internet sales.
All of that has hit home for Sharon, who started Soundwaves nine years ago.
The store was based on her passion for music and her support of local artists.
“It was a meeting place for musos to catch up and have a chin wag and sometimes a jam. On Christmas Eve there were plenty of times when we would have a jam session in front of the store,” she said.
During her time in the store she has supported Open Mic at Seaview Tavern, Mitch and Mack Open Mic at the Amble Inn, Battle of the Bands with Northern Beaches Youth Group and many of the local schools.
“I would like to thank the community for all their support over the time I have been here,” Sharon said.
“There might be plans in the future for another store for musical supplies but at the moment I am having a well-deserved break because I haven’t had a break for nine years, except for five days when I went to Bluesfest.”
She has asked anyone with gift vouchers to bring them into the store ASAP for redemption, and lay-bys can be picked up from Tech Random in River St.
Her final day of trading will be August 3.