A little shop with lots of heart, The Music Store has been serving musicians and students in the Outer Banks area for over a quarter century.  

Current owner Betsey Paulsen and her husband Mike, who once played with Eagles’ Joe Walsh, started the store as a family business 27 years ago. Though they moved a few times and Betsey ended up on her own for a while after Mike passed away, the shop remains a family operation with the couple’s sons now part of the team.

Betsey is not just a business owner, her family is a vital part of the Outer Banks community, providing instrument rentals to all Dare County Schools, as well as a retail store for professionals and amateur musicians. And if she doesn’t have what you need on hand, she’ll order it.

Not only that, she leaves her contact number on the door when the shop is closed, promising to meet you at for any emergency, which can often happen with kids’ performances. Whether it’s a broken reed that needs replacing or a professional entertainer who’s short a cable, Betsey will do her best to make sure the band plays on.

In addition to rentals of about any instrument that’s taught, the Music Store carries a full line of supplies, along with music books, amplifiers and sound systems. The shop also provides instrument and guitar repairs and offers instrument and voice lessons.

Whether professional, amateur, student or even  rock star wanna-be, you’ll find The Music Store in tune with all your needs and conveniently located on the Bypass (Hwy 158) at the Milepost 6 Plaza.

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