When Ed and Donna DuBaldo purchased Beller's Music in 2004, they referred to as a "heart decision."
They wanted to save Beller's so that Manchester would not lose it forever. This is in spite of the fact that they already were running another successful music shop, DuBaldo's.
"We decided we would buy him out," Ed DuBaldo said of Mike Beller. "It was good for Manchester and the kids of Manchester."
"There's a certain responsibility you feel to continue something that has a history," Donna DuBaldo added.
To keep the tradition alive, this past summer, with the help of "private funders and people who knew us and believed in us," the DuBaldos relocated Beller's to a new, more prominent location.
Only feet from it's previous home on Purnell Place, 881 Main St. provides Beller's with a more centralized location for customers, and the Main Street presence helps bring in shoppers from out of town.
The shop also regularly invites big acts to conduct clinics or free concerts. For example, over the summer, musician Guthrie Govan went straight from performing at Beller's to the Summer Olympics in London.
Anyone who has any dealings with the DuBaldos will see very quickly that their businesses are family affairs. With their son Nick managing the new storefront, and son Peter working in the original store, it isn't uncommon to see up to three DuBaldos working in the same location, answering your questions and assisting you with your instrumental woes. But mom and dad still allow their sons to flourish and grow as independent professionals.
"We 're here to help them do their jobs," Ed DuBaldo said.
"This is our community," Donna DuBaldo said. "We want our community to be successful. These are our neighbors.”
The family loves the new expanded space, lighting and door that faces the Main Street foot traffic. Everyone is also pretty excited that now they have both a men's and women's bathroom and a little kitchen, too.
"It's a totally different look, but the same familiarity," Donna DuBaldo.
"We're certainly busier," Ed DuBaldo. "It's a happy place."