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Hometown Rhythms Unique Set-Up Gives Parents a Sanctuary During Kids' Music Lessons

By Kelly Church

At Winder, GA's Hometown Rhythms, there's no better pair than music and coffee. When Co-Owner Keith Hogsed set out to open a place where music students could come take lessons, he wanted a differentiating factor and something that showed he had put more thought into his business than other music studios. That became the Hometown Rhythms coffee shop ? a place for parents to hang out and a second source of revenue for the business.

"We were inspired to open a business that combines music lessons and a coffee shop after being around other music lesson businesses where there didn't seem to be much thought given to accommodating the parents of the students," Hogsed says. "We wanted a place where not only do the students want to come and learn, and have fun, but the parents also want to come and relax for a little while or get some work done while the kids are in lessons."

Kids and adults of all ages can take lessons in piano and keyboard, guitar, bass guitar, drums, voice, saxophone and cello. Between the five music instructors at Hometown Rhythms, roughly 30 lessons each week are taught to eager students. Hogsed says their most popular lessons are for piano and guitar. Lessons teach basic music theory, how to read notes, technique, scales and more, and each lesson is catered to the individual's skill level.

Hogsed says Hometown Rhythms also hosts live music several times each month to allow local musicians an opportunity to play in front of a live audience. However, they have opportunities for physical art as well. Hometown Rhythms displays art from local artists and community members can purchase the art. Hogsed says they have sold several pieces for local artist Lowell Crawford.

The coffee shop uses local Jittery Joe's coffee for all their brews. They also sell baked goods from the local business Special Kneads & Treats out of Lawrenceville, GA. The selection of baked goods and snacks include cupcakes, brownies, blondies, lemon bars, biscotti and more. The coffee shop is open on most weekdays in the afternoons and evenings, and most of the day on Saturday. For right now, they are focusing on being open during the times that have the most music lessons, but hope that in the future they can expand their hours.

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