You can almost take a step back in time when you walk into downtown mainstay Mattingly Music and Book. With the 80-year-old wallpaper still up from the original owner and a train that circles the store around the ceiling, it is a piece of history unlike any other.
“People like the old tin ceiling, the wood floor. There is a peculiar smell when you come in. It is sort of an old-fashioned type of store,” owner Paul Mattingly said.
Mattingly Music and Book Store, 113 W. Second St. N., celebrated its 50th anniversary in business and held an open house last June. The open house was in conjunction with Ridiculous Day and Newton Fest.
Community members came to celebrate the milestone and Mattingly’s mom, Joan, stopped by to greet friends.
Mattingly Music and Book opened in 1965, after Paul’s father, William, came up with the idea. It was originally owned by Orville Dooley, who opened his store in 1932 and continued until William purchased it 33 years later.
“My dad was a music teacher, and he got tired of that after about 10 years and decided to he wanted to open a music store,” Mattingly said.
William ran the store until about 10 or 11 years ago, Mattingly said, when he took over. It is full of a variety of items including unique toys and gifts, today’s bestselling books along with popular name brand instruments, music, accessories and a big selection of instruction books for piano students and teachers. He also stocks a smattering of hobby items, mainly for more “brainy hobbies,” he said.
“Our mainstay has always been the renting of musical instruments to kids at school,” Mattingly said.
The store supplies instruments to Marshalltown, Newton, Pella and Peoria. It also employs a full-time certified instrument repairman who sees his fair share of work from kids and adults alike.
After so many years, it is hard to keep track of the amount of people that have stopped in, purchased or just enjoyed the store, Mattingly said. Things have changed with the rise of the internet, but he still enjoys sharing his piece of history with those who stop by.
“It’s just fascinating the people that come in, all different types, all have a story,” Mattingly said.
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