Dick's Country Store, Music Oasis & Gun City - Churubusco, NY

Dick's Country Store, Music Oasis & Gun City
  • What: Convenience store, musical instrument and hunting supplies shop. It is located only a few miles from the birthplace and burial site of Orville Gibson, the famous creator and manufacturer of Gibson musical instruments.
  • Where: 7429 US Route 11 / Churubusco, NY 12923 The store is located 4 miles east of Chateaugay in Churubusco. Clinton County.
  • When: 1970 - Present
  • Contact: This site is commercial property, open to the public daily. For open hours or additional information, call ahead.
  • Phone: (518) 497 - 3253
  • Web: http://www.themusicoasis.com
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On the outside, Dick DeCosseís store looks like many others in North Country small towns, a simple frame building with gas pumps out front, posters and neon beer signs in the windows and a scattering of pickup trucks and cars in the parking lot. Inside, local people can find milk and bread, cigarettes and lottery tickets, just like any other modern convenience store. But thatís where the similarities end. For, as the highway signs nearby say, this store features 1000 guns and 500 guitars [by now a modest estimate!], and has unwittingly become a mecca for hunters and musicians for many miles around. Any day and any time of day, you might find a group of people, men and women and kids too, in a pickup session of bluegrass and country tunes, joined by Dick when heís not working with customers or the storeís books.

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Dick's Country Store

Dick's Country Store, with gas pumps and neon signs, is like other home-made modern convenience stores in northern New York

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Dick's Country Store before several additions were made in the last 25 years

Dick's Country Store

This sign along Route 11 attracts hunters, musicians and the generally-curious passerby


Dick's Country Store

Eric Gibson [left] of the well-known Gibson Brothers bluegrass group picks some tunes with Dick DeCosse at Dick's Country Store

Dick's Country Store

Local musicians perform at the annual Orville Gibson Picnic, across Route 11 from Dick's Country Store

Dick's Country Store

Bluegrass music fans gather from all around to enjoy the annual Orville Gibson Picnic, in honor of the famous musical instrument maker who was born and buried near Dick's Country Store