Player’s Gear opened its doors in Downtown Marion in November, 2019 in the Boston Hill Center after the owner discovered a special for opening in a small space. Owner, Rick Tish, started his business online selling repaired guitars that he had purchased and fixed up. As his daughter began a small business, “Sarah’s Sweets” in Gas City, he saw an opportunity to sell something alongside her at markets. This is what drew him to begin making unique fuzz pedals, guitar-themed coat racks and “picks.” The picks are wall décor consisting of pictures of musicians on guitar pick shaped wooden backing. All of these are available at his shop today.
The storefront has really expanded his clientele and introduced him to more players and bands in the community. Opening the storefront hasn’t been simple, and when asked what advice he’d give to anyone on a similar journey of owning a shop, he replied, “It takes a lot of people to run a business – you need a strong community behind you to maintain your stamina for the tough days.” He also said, “Be patient. All the money in the beginning will need to be spent right back into the business.” His gives thanks to his family and “friends from Studio B” for being his community that drives him to maintain stamina and patience.
In fact, “Studio B” is where he first learned to play and repair guitars. This community used to gather in the old Iriquois building previously on the square where STAR Financial Bank now resides.
Today, this small shop packs a punch of services for players; you can purchase a guitar, gear, art, and get a tune-up! When asked if there’s anything he wished people knew about the shop, he replied, “Just wish more people knew that I am here!” So, come get to know Rick Tish, and while you’re there, ask him to play a little bit on his slide guitar! He enjoys holding the tradition of being a tradesman who owns a small repair shop, and looks forward to meeting you.
Boston Hill Center
Main Street Marion