ASHLAND After owning a guitar shop for 10 years, Joey Adkins and his wife, Laura Moon Adkins, have come out of retirement with a new business selling old products.
Laura and Joey could be spending their days relaxing on a beach, but the couple said they rather spend their time in Ashland, running their store, Rhythms and Relics.
Since coming out of retirement, the couple have been keeping busy by selling antique items and guitars to the Tri-State area — and all over the world.
“We had a lot of stuff in storage and one day we just kind of decided to open a store,” Joey Adkins said, as he sat in the store strumming on a nearly 100-year-old mandolin. “We orignally opened our store upstairs, but recently had a chance to move down here.”
Positioned across from Jim’s Spaghetti and Hotdogs, Rhythm and Relics not only serves musicians looking for unique guitars, but also antique collectors.
“Several items are collectibles and antiques made from Indians,” Joey said. “Laura’s father traveled all around and bought them.”
Joey, who has had a long history in the music industry, also knows a thing or two about guitars, selling them to several artists including Billy Ray Cyrus, Aerosmith and ZZ Top.
“It has always been a passion of mine and items just seem to find me,” Joey said.
Since moving to the downstairs location, the Adkinses have seen customers coming into the store and spreading the word.
“We do a lot of online selling as well, but we have been so busy lately with just in-store sales,” Joey said. “I would say we have seen business triple since opening down here.”
While Joey has had a following from his former guitar shop, he said it has been neat to meet the mix of customers shopping for antiques and guitars.
“We have a lot of loyal customers, but we have also gained tons of new customers,” Joey said.
The Adkinses said they plan to continue as long as there is interest in it.
“Until it’s not fun anymore, we will be open,” Joey said.
While the Adkinses don’t make a living off the business, they enjoy running the store together and spending time with each other, both doing something they love.
“This is really all on her. I know it’s corny, but I just enjoy being here with her,” Joey said. “If one day she says she is done, we’ll turn off the lights.”
Rhythm and Relics is in the Camayo Arcade and open Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and noon to 3 p.m. Saturday.