The Mando Shop is located in the historic Gibson House in downtown Tallahassee, Florida. In 1923 R.H. Gibson built "The Gibson House", a craftsman style bungalow. Craftsman style bungalows were a popular style in the early 20th century. In 2007 Kyle and Marion Dunn restored the Gibson house as the new home of The Mando Shop. This is the front porch entrance as it exists today.
In 2011 I had a dream about building a new home and workshop in the back parking lot behind The Mando Shop. Here is The Gibson House as it was before we started building.
What started out as a small project turned into building the home and workshop of my dreams. Here is the building after we added the new home connected by a breezeway.
Here is a photo that better shows the breezeway and how the historic building connects to our home. The window frames on the lower floor of the home, that just barely show above the car roof tops, are my workshop windows. I walk out of the back of the music store and I'm home. I take an elevator ride in my home down to my workshop, truly a dream place to live and work. My brother recently reminded my that my grandmother was the first in the family to have a home above her small grocery store business. Grandma would enjoy knowing I'm following in her footsteps with my home and business connected.
Here is a photo from one of my stock rooms. The mandolins are cased in a humidity controlled environment. The Mando Shop is open only by appointment which helps us to maintain the mandolins in pristine condition.
The Mando Shop is a boutique mandolin store representing Collings, Eastman, Northfield, TKD and Weber mandolins. As an experienced luthier since the mid-1970s, I perform a high precision setup with each mandolin I sell. It will be my pleasure to help you purchase a quality mandolin with an exceptional setup that you can enjoy for a lifetime.