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Joe and Ken De Poto, father and son, opened the doors to the new music shop on Saturday, August 25th to the public.
Ken De Poto is a musician himself and was formerly signed to a large record label. He noticed a lack of retailers serving guitarists seeking niche brands and products aside from what was available at large chains or small, classical music shops. He hopes the ability to try instruments in the shop with service from a fellow musician will provide added value to their unique product line.
The De Potos chose Montclair because of the town’s rich arts and music scene. As a teen, Ken often attended concerts at the now shuttered Bloomfield Ave Café, an institution for the alternative rock scene of New Jersey. Cool Cat Music Company hopes to become a staple for local musicians and an important part of the Montclair community.