Shopping & Services: More than a music store
Stone vintage music boutique blends live music and brews with a neighborhood guitar shop at its new West Sac location
Cross the river into West Sacramento, and next door to the Devil May Care creamery is a new guitar shop. And all-ages music venue. And artist’s hangout. Stone Vintage Music Boutique, which moved from its original birthplace on R Street next door to Ace of Spades and reopened in May, is the second draft of Blue Oaks frontman Brendan Stone’s vision for a music store that’s more than a music store. Step inside, and across the 75-person-capacity space is a raised stage—roomier than the one in the old digs—where the boutique will host bands on weekends, open-mics on Thursdays and, like the R Street version, intimate, meet-and-greet-friendly sets by touring artists performing at Ace of Spades. But it remains a music-maker’s shop, too: lining the walls are Orange amplifiers, rare guitar pedals, premium cables, vinyl records and handmade ’50s and ’60s fabric guitar straps. They have acoustic and electric guitars modeled after ’30s and ’40s jazz classics—but brand new and for entry level prices ($130, for example). In the back, a green room hosts guitar lessons, and behind the counter, instrument repairs, luthier services. And soon—local craft beer on rotating taps. 324 3rd Street in West Sacramento; (916) 382-9435; stonevmb.com.