by Rebecca M. Alvin
For 17 years, Nancy Muir Yeaw has been bringing music, videos, and artist cards to her Provincetown store, Muir Music. More a curated shop than a collection of top-of-the-charts CDs, the store has had a dedicated following. So when the store held a closing party last season at its former location on Commercial Street, there was concern. Thankfully, Yeaw returns this season with a brand new space, just off Commercial Street, in the 336 Commercial St. alley, near where the Vixen nightclub used to be.
If you ask her, Yeaw is not bothered one bit by the move off the main drag.
“It’s really fine… I have people who come and find me,” she explains.
The new space is slightly smaller than the previous one, but it houses almost the entire music collection she always had, including a wide range of styles, from country to world music to Broadway show tunes. As before, the music is complemented by a lovely selection of art cards, including some by local and regional artists, like Mary Alice Johnson.
New to Muir Music is an array of fragrant soaps made by the Cape Cod company Summer House Natural Soaps, as well as unique “duct tape wallets” designed by Darren Showers, soy candles, and glass pieces by artist Edel Byrne, owner of The Glass Gazebo, located on the West End of town. Byrne also designed a gorgeous stained glass sign for the shop, as well.
“We like to find things for people,” Yeaw says. “I carry new and old artists; I carry film soundtracks, Broadway; I carry some rock, but not heavy; I carry chill and ambient, which is really cool… I pick what I like – that’s sort of what it is.”
But, she adds, “We will also order for people, too.”
Recent additions include a new Bonnie Raitt CD, work by Nancy Griffith, and a new collection of classic Doris Day hits. The shop also carries a good selection of meditation CDs and cute t-shirts that connect a song title with Provincetown (e.g. “Unforgettable” Provincetown, “Summertime” Provincetown, etc.)
More than the merchandise itself, what strikes you immediately upon entering Muir Music, is the pleasant vibe. This new shop has a bright, open feeling to it, even though it is chock full of items. Yeaw plays music that makes you feel like lingering all afternoon in her relaxing musical salon.
Yeaw concurs: “ I just really like this space – It’s light and airy and has a good feel to it.”
Muir Music is located at 336 Commercial St. For more information, call 508.487.5777.