Business & Real Estate

Sacramento music store wrapping up retail in advance of Nov. 1 move

The Fifth String music store, which has Sacramento roots dating back to 1981, is wrapping up its guitar-centric retail site on N Street in preparation for its upcoming move to Franklin Boulevard.

Owner John Green said he is still selling musical instruments at discounted prices at 3184 N St., which is scheduled to close on Oct. 31.

“We’re sort of closed now, but people still come up and yell through the door, and I help them,” Green said.

On Nov. 1, Green is scheduled to open at his new 2,400-square-foot site at 2900 Franklin Blvd, in the Curtis Park neighborhood. There, Green is scrapping the retail side of the business and concentrating on operating a music-education school and a performance center, including a theater that will seat 100 to 120 people. Green has a teaching staff in place for the new site.

“We’re pretty excited. It’s a great location,” he said.

The store’s website is, and the store has been posting regular updates on its Facebook page.


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  • Salsa’s Taqueria, 1760 Prairie City Road, Suite 130, Folsom: The eatery with an extensive menu of Mexican food favorites officially opened its doors on Oct. 6.
  • Rita’s Italian Ice, 1040 C St., Galt: The Pennsylvania-based chain bills itself as the world’s largest Italian ice concept with more than 600 stores in 30 states and five countries. The Galt site opened Oct. 7.
  • Dreaming Dog Brewery, 2501 W. Taron Court, Elk Grove: Touted by the ownership as “your new best friend,” the business celebrated its grand opening on Oct. 7.
  • The Organic Coup, 440 Howe Ave., in University Village shopping center, Sacramento: The Golden State-based chain bills itself as the “first USDA certified organic fast-food restaurant in America.” The local eatery last Monday.
  • Tiferet Coffee House, 3939 J St., inside the Mercy Medical Plaza complex, Sacramento: This is the third location for the purveyors of coffee, baked goods and sweets. A grand-opening celebration was held Friday.
  • Canton Buffet, 1000 Howe Ave., Sacramento: The Chinese restaurant recently closed doors at this site, apparently clearing the way for a future Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, part of the Tennessee-based chain.

Open & Shuttered, a rundown of recently opened and closed businesses in the Sacramento area, will appear periodically in The Bee's Sunday Business section.

Mark Glover: 916-321-1184, @markhglover