SHOPPERS CAN BUY motorcycle parts and accessories right alongside banjos, mandolins and fiddles (and even music lessons) at Tennessee Sounds in Kingsport, Tenn.
Owner Vick Jenkins was a veteran powersports dealer before changing course — a business move that’s still in progress. He operated the first Indian Motorcycle dealership in Michigan for many years, and sold other brands of motorcycles and scooters. Recent challenges sent him in a new direction.
“After I lost my wife, my heart wasn’t in it,” he said. “A year after I remarried I had to have brain surgery. After that I shut [the business] down. It took me a year to recover from that.”
While he still owns a building in Michigan and is selling off stock from his former traditional powersports businesses, his main focus these days is on the combined motorcycle/musical instrument store.
“I started this business 14 months ago. I am drawing people from all over the country,” Jenkins said. “I carry more banjos, mandolins and fiddles than any store in Tennessee.”
Tennessee Sounds also has a couple of motorcycles on the showroom floor, and sells parts and accessories mostly over the Internet.
“If you are in business, you either get bigger or get out of it,” Jenkins said.
“When the public doesn’t see you growing or expanding or anything, they think something is wrong.” (Continued)