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End of an Era – Al Corey’s Music Closes 

After more than a half a century in business Al Corey’s Music in Waterville has closed the doors forever. In 1959 Elias J. Corey moved his music shop to the downtown and with it came his passion for teaching music. “We watched kids growing up taking lessons. He watched them grow up. It wasn’t all about I’m going to sell them something. It was I want to help them love music.” says Mae Beth Smart. Smart worked for Corey for more than 25 years. Smart credits Corey for teaching her how to do business, “You’re honest with people, you try to help them.” she says. Recently Smart resigned from Al Corey’s Music and now works at Mike Davis Entertainment, which is a newly opened store in the downtown. Smart says after Al Corey’s switched ownership things began to change. Smart says, “When you can’t love what you’re doing any more. It’s time to move on.” In 2003 Elias Corey, known to many as ‘Uncle Al’ died. Thomas Burns of Mass., took over the business. In May the store closed for a short time, but Burns told TV5 he planned to open again and renovate the building. Burns did reopen, but on Monday a note on the storefront door reads, “Sorry Al Corey Music patrons — I have tried everything in my power to keep this running. I’ve lost everything. The store is closed permanently.” Calls made to Thomas Burns have not been returned to TV5. All is not lost though. Mae Beth Smart and two other former colleagues of Corey’s work at Mike Davis Entertainment where you’ll find pictures of Corey lining the walls. “The storefront will be gone, but the name won’t be gone.” Smart says with a glint of a tear in her eyes, “Al’s here. We’re here. We’re hoping to do that all over again. We’re just in a new spot with more energy.”