BARSTOW - Residents who need to fix their wrecked autos, shop for discount goods, and want to learn the guitar will now have more options to choose from in Barstow.

Several new businesses, including a guitar studio, collision repair shop and discount shopping center have opened or relocated to bigger space.

Badd Fingers Guitar studio Barstow adults and children dreaming of being the next B.B. King, Keith Richards or Eric Clapton now have another place to learn the guitar.

Instructors Augustine Alvarez and Melanie White, owners of the Badd Fingers Guitar Studio, have recently moved into larger studio space at 201 N. First Avenue and hope to expand their student roster.

Alvarez, a musician with 25 years of experience, said he plans to offer four half-an-hour private guitar lessons for $100 per month. He said he has big plans for the studio space and hopes to create a five-computer music lab and eventually videotape students so that they can watch DVDs of their lessons. He also said that he'd like create a guitar ensemble of local musicians and host established bands to teach beginners.

"I want to kick things up a notch in Barstow to give it something it's never had," he said

He said that he's taught all kinds of people to learn the guitar from 4 to 67 years old and said that anyone can learn

"The hardest part is teaching them to be patient with themselves. It's 99 percent hard work and 1 percent talent," he said.

High Desert Collison - North Bill Lopez said he chose to expand his Victorville-based High Desert Collision auto body shop to Barstow after insurance companies told him the city needed more repair shops.

"There's basically not enough auto body shops in Barstow," he said.

He opened his shop at 1230 W. Main Street on Sept. 1 and expects to do well in Barstow.

He said that "98 percent" of his business was generated through insurance company referrals

"Basically we're going to try to target the military and maybe offer a military discount," he said.

Barstow Discount Galleria More than 15 vendors have reopened for business at the former Swap Meet location on 510 Virginia Way. The business will sell shoes, clothing, jewelry and other consumer items at a discount, said Christina Knapp, manager of the Barstow Discount Galleria. She said that vendor are attempting to create a department store feel and chose the building due to its "prime location."

The Swap Meet closed in early August when more than 15 tenants were unexpectedly told to pack up their goods and leave. The building's owner, Victorino Noval, who purchased the former Kmart location in 2004, said that the closure was due to unpaid rent and that tenants were given 30 days notice.

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