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Downtown Winston-Salem music venue ‘The Garage’ sold

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — One of Winston-Salem’s oldest music venues has new owners.

The Garage, at 110 W. Seventh St., was sold Monday to business partners Tucker Tharpe and Brian Cole. Richard Emmett, who started The Garage 12 years ago, will be a minority partner.

Emmett said he and his wife, Kim Lawson, decided to sell The Garage because they want to spend more time with their children.

“It’s been a great thing, but I’d like to have a little more free time,” Emmett said.

Tharpe said he and Cole plan to keep The Garage as it has always been: a haven for Americana, rock and roots music.

“It’ll be the same Garage,” Tharpe said. “I look at Richard and I see a pioneer and a legend, and that goes for Kim, his wife, as well.”

Tharpe declined to disclose the purchase price for the business. The building is owned by Winston-Salem businessman Richard Miller.

This article was written by Laura Graff and originally published by The Winston-Salem Journal. Click here to read the full story.