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Another Small Business 'Dream' Crushed By State Lockdown

Hastings musical instrument shop latest to close

The Walker Music & Textiles Co musical instrument store in Hastings announced it is closing due to the COVID-19 executive order that shuttered nonessential businesses.

May 15 will be its last day of sales.

“This is my dream. Shutting it down. Closing out this phase of my life,” owner Steve Walker told WXMI. “It won’t be a retail shop anymore, and it won’t be an inviting environment for kids to come and be loved and to learn music.”

The musical instrument store is located in Barry County, which has a population of 61,550. As of May 14, Barry County has had 58 cases and one death linked to the coronavirus.