Workers from Professional Home Design erect a temporary plywood wall inside Mammoth Music’s store in downtown Riverton prior to taking down a wall so the business can expand into the next storefront. (Ernie Over photo)
(Riverton, Wyo.) – Mammoth Music is investing in the future of downtown with a major expansion project. The music store is taking the space recently vacated by an office supply store and turning it into expanded retail, a dance studio, and, downstairs, individual music practice rooms and a recording studio.
As workers were erecting a temporary plywood wall in the current showroom, Mammoth’s Vincent Masson said the store’s current wall separating the buildings will be coming down so Mammoth can expand it’s retail space. That will allow the store to create new string instrument repair center and create a band instrument repair center. In the new space, the dance studio will feature wood floors with some mirrored walls. All of the new remodeling will feature sound insulated partitions.
Perhaps the most exciting aspect of the expansion is what is happening downstairs. “We’ll have practice and jam rooms down here, and one of our customers is putting in his own recording studio. We’ll also have storage space,” Masson said. “But what is really exciting is that we took out an old man lift down here and replaced it with new and wider stairs. It’s not scary to downstairs any longer.”
The practice rooms downstairs will be used for for Mammoth’s new School of Music. “We now have a lesson list of some 15 to 20 music instructors around town who do lessons on various musical instruments, and this new space will allow them to use these new rooms for their students. It’s a central location downtown that is easy for the students to find, and the facilities will be top notch,” Masson said.
A sign on the door of the current business says it all. It reads: “Working to make your local music store more awesome.” Masson also said the new store will be a “one stop shop for everything musical” in Fremont County.
Masson said the investment in the new space and music school facilities, “is substantial, but it’s an investment that will pay off in good fashion.”
He said they wanted to be in the heart of downtown. Store owners are Bernard and Jany Masson.
The expansion will also create a new entrance into the store, and new signage outside.
Photos by Ernie Over