Some stores around town qualify as Peoria institutions and this is certainly true of Flores Music stores in Pekin and Peoria. Jessie Flores opened the first store in Pekin in 1957 and the store in Peoria has been around in the same location for over thirty years. Jessie’s retired now and the stores are run and managed by Jessie’s sons, Mike, Tony and Victor. Let’s hop on over to this family owned shop in Peoria and take a musical tour! A one and a two and a...
Flores Music, where you can buy an instrument and also learn how to play it.
They've been in this same location on War Memorial Drive for over thirty years.
I haven't been in this store for quite a while, let's go inside and check it out!
Even though I don't play an instrument, I love hanging out in music stores and looking at the different musical items contained within them.
Honey, I shrunk the guitars!
Here's the founding father of Flore's Music, Jesse Flores with his son Tony on the right.
Jesse and Tony had to hit the road, but they told me to feel free and wander about the store, so let's take a little self-guided tour, starting with this bass guitar on the front counter.
Put the pedal to the metal and rock on!
Wow, check out all the guitars in the back room!
There's every style and color of guitar you can imagine back here.
And where there's guitars, amplifiers are never far behind!
Here's a roomful of acoustic guitars.
I'm guessing this means prices have been Slashed?
Status cymbals...sorry about that, sometimes a pun just can't be helped.
Tiny guitars hand just beneath the ceiling.
If you're feeling horny, Flores Music can satisfy you!
Here's an autographed guitar in the front of the shop. Let's look closer and see who signed it...
And here's to 45 more years of Flores Music and then some! See you all tomorrow!