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Specialty Shops: Marich Music
Marich Music carries everything needed for the musician in your family, including instruments, strings and accessories, amplifiers, pro audio equipment and print music and books. Marich Music is the place to learn to play your instrument with an outstanding lesson membership program staffed by well-qualified instructors. Marich Music rents school band instruments as well as sound equipment.
Since 1974, Marich Music has been a downtown Corning staple. Married in 1973, Marilyn and Richard Puccio combined their first names to name the store "Marich" and opened within the year. Today, the store continues in the family tradition, with son-in-law Ben Borkowski as owner. The business is now service-oriented, featuring an in-house repair shop for all instruments, 6 lesson studios on the second floor above the store, as well as a large classroom and recital hall.
Owner Ben Borkowski started his career in the music industry by studying instrument repair at Minnesota State College Southeast Technical, specializing in brass and woodwind repair. He has since started his own guitar company, Market Street Guitars, as well as a ukulele brand, Finger Lakes Ukes. Ben worked on every aspect of the design of these instruments, incorporating some local flair into the design. Ben also builds higher-end electric guitars on-site.