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Customers Enjoy the Community Piano at Cottin’s Hardware and Rental

Music can be one of the great unifying forces in the world. Whether a huge concert venue or a night out at the theater, musical performances bring fans together for a good time and good vibes.

Not all performances need to be such large productions, however, and Cottin’s Hardware and Rental in Lawrence, Kansas, has exemplified that with its community piano. An upright piano donated by a customer and music teacher sits right next to the front door of the store, which is located on a main thoroughfare through the college town.

“It was a gift that we were happy to accept, and it’s become something of a focal point for the store and our customers. It’s not unusual to hear someone sitting down out there and just playing around with some tunes or songs,” manager Aaron Hicks says.

During warm months, the business often leaves its front doors open to both catch a breeze and the sounds of the different players who frequent the outdoor music machine. Some regular customers like to play a bit when they come to shop, while others frequent the store solely to have some time on the keys.

About Chad Husted

Chad is an assistant editor for Hardware Retailing magazine. A Purdue University graduate, Chad has covered sports and news at the high school, college and Olympic levels as a sports writer, editor and designer for multiple newspapers. Prior to joining the NRHA, he was the sports editor for the Herald Journal in Monticello, Indiana, and a designer and copy editor for the AIM Media Indiana group in Columbus, Indiana. When not cultivating his beard, he enjoys backpacking, cooking, traveling and watching too much sports and Netflix.

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