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Wednesday, October 16, 2019
I don’t play the guitar. But I own one, a vintage Gibson acoustic that sounds great when other people play it. However, no one has been able to play it for a bit because it needs work and I have been waiting for Devin Champlin to open his guitar shop so I can have him get it shipshape again.
That day has come—or rather it came last Saturday, Oct. 12, when Devin threw a grand-opening party in his long-awaited guitar shop at 1230 Cornwall Ave. If you’re unfamiliar with Devin, along with being an excellent local musician, all-around delightful man and the only person whose mustache I condone, he’s also a bona fide luthier—and because he became one, I now know what a luthier is, meaning Devin can not only fix my guitar, but he has also made me marginally smarter. Possibly more pertinent is that his shop will focus on repair and setup of both electric and acoustic guitars, as well as mandolins, ukuleles and quite probably whatever other stringed instruments you want to challenge him with. And if you’d like a custom guitar built from scratch, he can do that as well because that’s what luthiers do. His shop is called Champlin Guitars and he’s open every day except Mondays and Tuesdays, which are the days he’s set aside to groom his mustache.
In not-so-happy news, the Bellingham Alternative Library, which currently occupies the Karate Church, aka the Bellingham Academy of Elf Defense, on Maple Street, recently received word from their landlord that they must vacate that space by the end of the year. Given that the press release sent out by the library characterizes the news as “sudden and unexpected,” I’m sure there’s a story there, but in all honesty, what I care about in this is that the Alternative Library find a new, equally great home for their 9,000-title archive and performance space.
For many nonprofits, news that they’d need to relocate would be catastrophic. However, the Bellingham Alternative Library has had several homes over the years as the organization, its collection of materials and its membership have grown. If anyone has the ability to take a shakeup and turn it into an opportunity, it’s them. But the volunteer-staffed organization can definitely use an influx of cash—or useful in-kind donations—to fund their move and make their continued existence possible. To make it easy for folks to open their wallets, the Alternative Library is hosting a 12th anniversary party and fundraiser that will take place Oct. 25. They’re still in the process of hammering out the details, so stay tuned for more info.