To Top

Hidden Gems: Meet Leigh Maples and Pamela Cole of Fanny’s House of Music

Today we’d like to introduce you to Leigh Maples and Pamela Cole. 

Hi Leigh and Pamela, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
As musicians ourselves, we knew there was a need for a music store that was comfortable for everyone, especially women and children. So, in 2008 (at the height of the recession!) we started Fanny’s. From the very beginning, Fanny’s has been a place where you can walk in and not be overwhelmed, and where you would be treated with respect and encouraged to play no matter your skill level. The community has really embraced us and we’ve grown steadily since we started. In 2020, we started a non-profit called Fanny’s School of Music, which is the next phase of our mission. We’re raising money to build an inclusive space for music education and community programs and are so excited to see what’s next for Fanny’s. 

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
Like all small businesses we’ve had our share of ups and downs, but we made a pact from the beginning: if Fanny’s did better each year, we would keep going. And we’re still here! 

As you know, we’re big fans of Fanny’s House of Music. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about the brand?
Fanny’s is a music store with a wide variety of vintage, used, and new musical instruments. We specialize in “player grade” gear, which is to say instruments that might not be in museum-quality condition but are perfect for a player. We love old catalog guitars and Japanese-made guitars from the 60’s, which are an affordable way for people to get into playing a vintage instrument. We buy, sell, trade, consign, and repair all kinds of gear. But what sets us apart is our atmosphere. We work hard to be an accepting and welcoming place for everyone, not just musicians. We have an amazing selection of vintage clothing and knickknacks from our friends at Starland Vintage, so there’s really something for everyone at Fanny’s. 

Contact Info:

Image Credits
Eric England
Fanny’s House of Music

Suggest a Story: NashvilleVoyager is built on recommendations from the community; it’s how we uncover hidden gems, so if you or someone you know deserves recognition please let us know here.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

More in Local Stories