Steve Cornish plays music in his new shop, in the same building as the Art Shop Gallery.

Steve Cornish plays music in his new shop, in the same building as the Art Shop Gallery.

Cornish Music hits high note with new space

  • By McKibben Jackinsky
  • Wednesday, September 3, 2014 3:10pm
  • NewsBusiness

With more than twice the space and more daylight pouring in, Cornish Music is all set for a grand opening from 5-7:30 p.m. Friday. The event is timed for the First Friday tour of Homer galleries, a perfect fit since the music store’s new address is in the same building as Art Shop Gallery on Pioneer Avenue.

“I’ll take a couple of weird instruments over to the gallery and she’ll send maybe a print or two over here. It’ll be a fun little party,” said Steve Cornish of the good fit between his business and Karin Marks’ Art Shop Gallery.

Cornish also is lining up musicians to play for both locations on Friday.

“I contacted Ben Tyrer to play the piano upstairs (in the gallery),” said Cornish. “He was born and raised here in Homer and is just a real good guy.”

Cornish also invited Homer’s former mayor and ukulele player Jim Hornaday to take part and Hornaday, in turn, extended the invitation to other ukulele players in the area.

“It might be a little crowded in here for awhile, but I think I can live with that,” said Cornish of giving musicians room to entertain in front of the shop’s Pioneer Avenue-facing window. “I’ve got some gifts to give away that night and hopefully we’ll have some fun.”

The need for more room is why Cornish decided to move from his former location near the corner of Pioneer Avenue and Main Street.

“I was there four and a half years and it was a really good place to get started, but I just ran out of space,” said Cornish.

In addition to selling a wide range of instruments, he also does repairs. That part of his business has expanded as well over the years.

“I now have two repair spaces where I only had one before,” he said. 

The new location offers two spaces for customers: a main showroom — “that is about the size of my old store” — and an accessory room. It also offers a higher ceiling and carpeted floor.

“There’s a very nice sound. You can play guitars and hear what they’re doing rather than hearing drums rattle,” he said. “It’s pretty cool.”

The move took about two weeks, with Cornish Music officially opening at the new address Aug. 1.

The space was formerly Art Shop Gallery’s frame shop, a part of the business Marks closed in December. After the framing equipment was purchased by Red Fish Custom Framing, Marks renovated the area, Cornish saw it was available and he and Marks saw the two businesses as a good fit.

“We talked about the fact that every once in awhile it would be fun to do something together,” said Marks. “It was time for their open house and I said, ‘You know, First Friday is coming up. It’s usually a way for us to tell locals to come look at what’s new.’”  

What’s new is the gallery’s new neighbor.

“I’m very excited because there has been lots of talk over the years about visual arts in Homer, but there really is now so much performing art that it has really almost eclipsed the visual arts,” said Marks of an opportunity to highlight music. “It’s very strong.” 

While Cornish Music celebrates its grand opening on Friday, Art Shop Gallery will be featuring the works of Taz Tally and his method of displaying his work on metal and canvas. There also will be special prices on some of Tally’s older works. 

The traffic pattern at Art Shop Gallery and Cornish Music is to enter from the east and exit from the west, with parking available in the back. The space in front of the building is reserved for larger vehicles.

McKibben Jackinsky can be reached at

Steve Cornish plays music in his new shop, in the same building as the Art Shop Gallery.

Steve Cornish plays music in his new shop, in the same building as the Art Shop Gallery.

Cornish Music celebrates its new location during this week’s First Friday. Live music and prizes are planned.

Cornish Music celebrates its new location during this week’s First Friday. Live music and prizes are planned.

More in News

Alaska State Troopers logo.
Anchor Point house fire leaves one dead, one in serious condition

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Snow and debris from an avalanche can be seen near Mile 45 on the Seward Highway on Monday, March 29, 2021. (Photo courtesy Goldie Shealy)
Center promotes avalanche awareness

The Chugach Avalanche Center in Girdwood will begin its daily forecasts Saturday.

Commercial fishing and other boats are moored in the Homer Harbor in this file photo. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Seawatch: Historic sockeye run predicted for Bristol Bay

ADF&G says 2022 run could break this year’s record

The entrance to the Mendenhall Glacier Recreation Area in the Tongass National Forest was covered in snow on Friday, Nov. 19, 2021, a day after federal authorities announced the next step in restoring the 2001 Roadless Rule on the forest. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)
Feds put freeze on Roadless Rule rollback

On the Roadless Rule again.

Alaska man pleads not guilty to threatening 2 US senators

If convicted, he could face a maximum sentence of 50 years in prison.

Commercial fishing vessels are seen here on the Kenai River on July 10, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
Fishing industry takes a hit during pandemic

Overall fish harvesting jobs in Alaska dropped by the widest margin since 2000 — 14.1% — in 2020.

FILE - The Olympic rings stand atop a sign at the entrance to the Squaw Valley Ski Resort in Olympic Valley, Calif., on July 8, 2020. U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland on Friday, Nov. 19, 2021, declared "squaw" to be a derogatory term and said she is taking steps to remove the term from federal government use and to replace other derogatory place names. The popular California ski resort changed its name to Palisades Tahoe earlier this year. (AP Photo/Haven Daley, File)
Interior secretary seeks to rid U.S. of derogatory place names

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland on Friday formally declared… Continue reading

Most Read