In a sad sign of the times, owner Gary Pflueger has announced the closing of his beloved independent music store Ultrasound Music. He’ll be closing the third week of March.
Meanwhile, he’ll be selling off his stock at progressively lower prices, starting with 20 percent off this week. Pflueger cites the worsening economy, especially for CD sales, of the past few years and says it’s not economically feasible for him to stay in business.
In its 15 years in business, Ultrasound — based in Mentor until its move to downtown Willoughby a few years ago — has become a destination for fans of heavy metal, punk and indie rock, stocking extensive catalog, obscurities and imports in those genres. It sells both new and used CDs, and carries an extensive line of merchandise relating to those types of bands.
He said in his announcement “I will also be selling the business if anyone is seriously interested. What I’m selling is the name, the sign, all fixtures and supplies and everything else you would need to start your own record store minus the stock. You can start your own Ultrasound for just a mere $2,000. That’s it. The sign alone cost $4,500! Call me if you are seriously interested … but please only if you are seriously interested.” —Anastasia Pantsios