Candyman ‘Micro Store’ Opens In Los Alamos

Nick Hudson, left, and owner Rand Cook offer all manner of musical goodies to customers at The Candyman’s micro store in the Portage Building on DP Road. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ 
Los Alamos Daily Post

Candyman has been serving the Santa Fe music community for 48 years. Now Candyman has come to Los Alamos in the form of what Candyman’s owner Rand Cook calls a “micro store,” at 200 DP Road in the Portage Building. The store is open 3-6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. The phone number is 505.983-5906. The staff also can be available by appointment. Call the Santa Fe store at 505.983.5906 to make arrangements.

Cook joined Candyman in 1990 and in 2009, he and his wife Cindy purchased the store. They decided to focus on musical instruments, musical supplies and education. Recently, Cindy joined the board of the National Association of Music Merchants. They hope to make a difference by lobbying for arts education, as well as promoting business interests.

“We’re deeply rooted community people,” Rand said.

When the Los Alamos Music Academy opened in the Portage Building location, the students needed supplies. Cook began providing what he calls a “first aid kit for musicians,” basic supplies such as strings and reeds.

“Word spread and it grew into the current set up,” Cook said.

Due to creative use of a small space, the micro store now has basic electronics, keyboards, percussion, ukuleles and guitars and continues to supply the basics.  

“We can bring anything you want from Santa Fe as well,” Cook said. The store also offers repair services. Clients can drop off their instrument in Los Alamos and it will be returned the following week.

Cook would like to see the location on DP Road become a musical community center, offering lessons and rehearsal space as well as housing an expanded version of the micro store.

“Competition from the Internet makes things tough,” Cook said. “We’re going where the people are.”