Harry’s Is Back, And Business Is Brisk

Harry’s Music Store moved July 7 to a storefront site at 3270 Waialae Ave., next to McDonald’s, and it realized an increase in sales when schools opened.

“Thanks to our schools and music programs, we are doing pretty nice now. Our main emphasis was to help teachers, whether they teach public or private school students,” said Alan Yoshioka, manager of the venerable shop. “When the schools start, it really boosted our sales, so hopefully there’s some momentum for the rest of the year.”

He said nearly 25 percent of school music orders come through Harry’s, and that the shop has maintained loyal customer base among teachers islandwide.

What also has remained the same since the grand reopening is the friendly, relaxed atmosphere among the staff.

“People who work in our store enjoy meeting the band directors and teachers because they are all friends. They know who they are talking to. It’s like going to a particular pharmacist you’ve had for years,” Yoshioka explained.

Harry’s has plenty of products for the general public as well, including CDs, sheet music, musical equipment and books.

The new location is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, call 735-2866.