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Resident Irked by Music from 'All Gussied Up'

The owner of 'All Gussied Up On Main' says music in and around a business is basic 'Marketing 101.' At least one resident disagrees.

The music that emanates from 1940s-inspired “All Gussied Up On Main” is receiving mixed reviews. 

Some residents who live in the business district find the music too loud and distracting, while borough officials believe Kelly Pettis-Brush's business is a breath of fresh air.

“I can hear her music all throughout my house and through the kitchen,” complained Sheria Wells during Nazareth Borough Council’s meeting Monday night. “I understand that [Pettis-Brush] has a right to play music, but it should be at a peaceful level. Patrons should be able to hear it when walking in front of the store, not from down the street and in people’s homes.”

Pettis-Brush, however, says music in and around a business is basic “Marketing 101.”

“Music is a necessity when it comes to a hustling, bustling downtown area,” Pettis-Brush said in an e-mail to Patch.

Pettis-Brush opened “All Gussied Up” in June 2012. The 1940s-inspired store, which can be found at 139 S. Main St., offers male and female customers spray tanning, airbrush makeup application, permanent makeup and teeth whitening, and a boutique.

But the noise complaints started rolling in shortly after the store’s grand opening.

Pettis-Brush says she was “harassed” two weeks ago by the wife of a Nazareth Borough Council member. She did not name the councilman or his wife, but added that the woman entered her store and yelled at her customers.

“People often ask why Nazareth doesn't have more businesses like mine and I hate to say it, but it is the people who live in the business district that chase the business owners away,” Pettis-Brush said. “The people of Nazareth should be happy and proud to have a store like mine in our town, but instead they complain about the classy music I have playing 22 hours a week.”

Wells, who lives on S. Main Street, said she has a disability and can’t focus “in any part of [her] house.”

“It puts me behind in my schoolwork, having to study in the middle of the night,” she said.

The low-down on Nazareth's noise ordinance:

  • Any event sanctioned by the borough will not face penalties associated with noise complaints.
  • If any animal or bird (owned by an individual) makes any continuous or persistent noise for a period of 15 minutes or more, or makes such noise intermittently for a period of 30 minutes or more, the owner of the animal can be fined.
  • Power equipment, yelling, shouting, whistling, horns and signaling devices (except in an emergency), are prohibited at nighttime – 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. – if they cause a noise disturbance.
  • Loudspeakers and sound amplifiers are now included in the new ordinance. They were not in the previous version.

Mayor Fred Daugherty Jr. on Monday night said he enjoys the music, but did admit the sound bounces off nearby buildings and down the street. Council President Dan Chiavaroli said he can't help but do a little dance when he walks by or visits Nazareth Borough Hall.

But, the officials noted, they don't live next to "All Gussied Up."

Police Chief Thomas Trachta said the situation is a zoning issue, and any complaints should be provided to the borough's code enforcement officer, who has access to a decibel meter.

"[The code enforcement officer is] the only one with a meter," Trachta explained. "The police can only go in with a common sense approach and it would be our ears saying this is unreasonable."

Pettis-Brush, who Trachta said could be cited for disorderly conduct, added: "I feel like we are living our own true 'Footloose' -- pretty soon music and dancing will be illegal in Nazareth."

Editor's Note: This article has been changed to fix an error in the spelling of "Pettis-Brush."

Eric Harding February 10, 2013 at 04:33 AM
Ha ha, so true! That is one thing that Nazareth is never short of... drama. I don't even want to start the debate of Boro Council, Mayor or Police Department situation.
Ben Miller February 10, 2013 at 07:41 AM
First of all, you made a comment in a public municipal meeting, which makes that comment part of the public record and thus, free for anyone to quote anywhere they please. They could take a billboard out with your name and your comments if they so chose. The legal term is "public domain" and your comments and attribution to you are now in the public domain. Secondly, we are laughing and making a joke out of this, because you are so clearly wrong in the whole situation. Any intelligent person can read your comments and sense the anger and personal indignation. You saying it's only about the law and not personal is like McDonalds saying they only sell healthy food. It's ridiculous. Finally, stop using this board to promote your husband's music. It's a violation of the Patch rules (since you're so big on rules) and it's rather annoying.
Ben Miller February 10, 2013 at 07:45 AM
Also, please explain how you were, "made out to be someone who I am not," when you were quoted directly with no editorializing on the part of Mallory. Are you saying she misquoted you?
R.B. February 11, 2013 at 05:06 PM
It is pretty clear that those who live near the store find the music to be a nuisance and those who have the opportunity to pass by for a couple minutes generally find it pleasing. If it was where I live, I’d do what I could to get the music off. Wake up if you think it’s just that easy to pick up and move. I guess the assumption here is that all renters are not contributing to the local economy and have no ties to where they live. It also seems pretty clear that the store owner is quite dismissive about concerns of the local residents. I find it an interesting business model that the owners who commented here see their businesses as separate from the community and not in sync with them. Calling them crybabies. Businesses that paint themselves as saviors to the community and above cooperation with their neighbors, perhaps that is the real problem with the downtown area. How will we survive without spray tans.
R.B.B. February 11, 2013 at 10:57 PM
Wow Mr. R. B. you are so insightful and really do a great job of paraphrasing. Hats off to you for being such a wonderful supporter of the Nazareth Community. It is more than obvious that you have never been to All Gussied Up because it is much more than 'just spray tans'. Since you have not driven through town since this article was written the music was turned off on Thursday and both neighbors and the business owner have come to an agreement on the music. This is old news... move forward already would you?

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