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Soundbyte Music, 2087 Main, Rye will be closing their doors for good with an auction on July 28. On that date, inventory, furnishings and fixtures will be auctioned off to the highest bidder, beginning at 10:00 a.m.
Unlike many business closures, however, the closing of Soundbyte is not because the business, which opened in 2007, is not making it. Rather it is reflective of the fact that owner Bryan Porter, a teacher by vocation, has not been able to get hired by local school District 70 and has had to take his teaching talents on the road, forcing him to leave the operation of the business entirely in the hands of hired help.
"Soundbyte was originally opened to supplement our income," said Porter. "I had hoped that I would be hired by District 70 and teach locally, but it hasn't happened. So I take teaching jobs in other locations and that puts quite a strain on our family."
Porter has considered running Soundbyte full time but says he loves teaching. "Teaching is what my education has trained me to do and I love it."
Porter is somewhat perplexed about why he hasn't gotten a position locally. This coming school year he has four different job offers but has watched positions he has been qualified for locally come and go, sometimes without even an interview.
The land and building Soundbyte is located on are owned by the Porters and they plan on offering that for sale, lease, or a lease-purchase.
Until the date of the auction, Porter indicated many items will be sold at cost or below so that his loyal customers can have the first shot at whatever they might be interested in. In addition to musical instruments and accessories, Soundbyte also carries computers and supplies.
If you have any questions about the property or the auction, you can reach Porter at (719) 489-2345.
"Many, many area people have supported us," Porter stated. "And I want them to know it isn't about finances, it's about family. We've had a great run and I just wish I could be two places at once."