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Mom's Music owner eager to sell

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- For the old drummer Marvin Maxwell, this encore has lasted long enough.

Maxwell, 69, is eager to sell Mom's Music on Mellwood Avenue, the 35-year-old instrument store and recording space where countless of Louisville kids have learned to play in bands at “rock school.”

While no deals have been finalized, Maxwell said he's entertaining separate offers for both the 11,000-square-foot building at 1900 Mellwood Ave. that has housed Mom's Music since 2006 and for the business itself.

“It needs some investment dollars that I don't have to be able to compete with the Internet and the big guys, and it needs somebody to step in and take my place,” Maxwell told WDRB News on Wednesday.

Maxwell said he's trying to “re-retire” after getting back involved in the day-to-day operations of Mom's Music about two years ago. Maxwell had handed the store to his son, Max, who decided “it just wasn't for him,” Marvin Maxwell said.

The potential sale of the Louisville store won't affect the Mom's Music in Jeffersonville, Ind., which is run by Maxwell's other son Mark, Mariv Maxwell said.

The commercial real estate listing for the building indicates Maxwell and his wife Beverly – who co-own the Mellwood Ave. property – would be willing to exit it entirely: “This building is suited for most retail, office, or restaurant uses or a combination of any of the three,” it says.

However, Maxwell said he's determined to find someone to continue the business, where 300 to 400 kids get private lessons or participate in rock school each week.

The “dude” who is interested in the building would be open to leasing back a portion of the space for the store, whether it's run by the Maxwells or, ideally, a new owner, Maxwell said.

The Maxwells are asking $895,000 for the building, which was once a Tumbleweed restaurant.

Mom's moved to Mellwood Ave. in 2006 from its original location on Frankfort Avenue.

In addition to not making the drive to Louisville everyday from his home “up in the country” in Indiana, Maxwell said he wants more time to focus on his other business: selling guitar- and piano-themed toilet seats. (Link: Jammin' Johns, Music to Your Rear!) That business is “a hell of a lot easier” to manage than a music store, he said.

Just “the other day,” one person in Sweden bought 100 toilet seats, Maxwell said.

“The potential there is really groovy,” he said.

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