A 90-year-old family-owned Iowa residential organ dealer will be opening its fifth store next month in Lindale Mall in Cedar Rapids.
Critchett’s Lowrey Organ Centers of Urbandale will unveil a 1,250-square-foot store on Sept. 6 on the south side of the mall, facing First Avenue SE. The store will have direct access from the outside, with an entrance between Talbot’s and Holley’s.
Critchett’s Lowrey Organ Center will offer a variety of organ lessons specifically design for older adults to improve not only their musical skills, but also their mind and body. In addition, Critchett’s will sell a full line of Lowrey home organs, as well as periodically hosting concerts of nationally recognized organists.
Pam Ayres, who started working for Critchett’s in 1975 and has been the manager and class leader in the company’s Cedar Falls store for 12 years, will be the manager of the Lindale store. Cedar Rapids native Clare Hall, a musician with a bachelor of arts in music, will be the class leader.
Critchett’s Music Inc., the corporate parent of Critchett’s Lowrey Organ Centers, traces its history to 1922 when Bert Critchett started Critchett Piano Co. in Des Moines. In 1971, his grandson, Dave Brown and his mother Lois Critchett Brown, bought the company, which moved from Des Moines to Urbandale in 2004.
Dave and Mary Jo Brown run Critchett’s Music with the help of their son, Matt Waggoner. Critchett’s has grown over the years to become one of the largest Lowrey organ dealers in North America.
In addition to Urbandale, Critchett’s Lowrey Organ Centers operates stores in Cedar Falls, Omaha and Lincoln.