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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."

Brenda Cramsey February 06, 2013 at 07:12 PM
I also can hear the music from my house and I say "hats off to All Gussied Up"! What is wrong with you people....our town is going down the toilet!!! There are a lot more to be worried about then music and "Good Music" by the way being played during the day and early evening!!! Shame on all of you - this was a town that encouraged it's new business owners and young people! Not now....they're too worried about the police force and making fools of themselves on a daily basis! I'm so disgusted that this town could get to this level - shame on all of us!!! And just a note: if you don't like the music - wear headphones!!!!!
Bonnie Butz February 06, 2013 at 09:16 PM
I had a store on Main Street several years ago. The people that rented the apartments, above the stores across the street, would park in all the metered spaces and then put quarters in them all day. It got to the point, where you couldn't park within three blocks. The council should concentrate on fixing problems such as parking and stop worrying about petty things like music. Main St. in Nazareth could be a destination, like a "small New Hope", but no one cares enough to bring it back to life. Sad.
Barb Fischl February 06, 2013 at 09:49 PM
There is some important factual information that no one has stated. There is a portion of the ordinance, Chapter 13, section 202, entitled "amplification for commercial purposes” that states " it is unlawful for any person to produce amplified sound... for commercial purposes, including advertising". This means no sound at all anytime, and this has nothing to do with decibels of sound or restriction by time of day. Ms. Pettis-Brush has been informed of this and is also aware of previous complaints to the police. Since Ms. Pettis-Brush opened her business, several of the residents nearby have spoken with her informally to ask her to just turn down the volume, but she has rebuffed them and has stated the simplistic and naive mantra espoused by some of the posts that equate neighbors’ complaints about noise with ingratitude or ignorance of her contribution to Nazareth's economic recovery and Nazareth's need for economic survival. The perspective on renters in her defenders’ posts is illogical. Not all residents are renters and, rental properties are also businesses which contribute to the town’s economy.
Eric Harding February 06, 2013 at 10:04 PM
Barb, you are taking the actual reason behind the section out of context. That was put in to ban people driving around town with loudspeakers on top of their cars announcing a sale/grand opening/etc. I can see that you all want your precious little town the way you think it should be. Boring, idiots and criminals running it. At this point I am ASHAMED I am still here. I should have stayed in the military and never come back. Nazareth is going downhill fast and it is thanks to those who oppose.
Lisa King February 07, 2013 at 12:05 AM
Not all people in Nazareth are small minded but there are MANY who are. I lived on main str. for many years and had drunks from the bars walk in my front door and endured many over incidents while living there. You deal with it or move on like I did. The store is only opened till 7pm and the cement trucks that regularly travel up and down main str. are way louder than the music coming from that store. The people in this town need to worry about other problems like all the heroin dealers that are killing our teenagers and how high are taxes are and the fact that we have no police force.
stephen Nikles February 07, 2013 at 03:31 AM
As far as amplified advertising pull up to the gas pump at the Valero and you will hear what amplified advertising is .
stephen Nikles February 07, 2013 at 03:48 AM
I wish People would realize the real problem in this town. You meaning council will never have revitalization in this town till we get rid of a privately owned zoning co. As long as you have company that is making profit off the people by sending out fines and forcing people to have a zoning hearing that cost hundreds of dollars businesses will not come in. Bethlehem and Easton downtowns get it . Remember when you could go to the zoning officers house on center street ask for a permit to put a fence up and get one . I remember john habling I think his name was said to me just keep the fence off your line a few inches . Have a good day. Now it's like pulling teeth . If I knew then what I knew now I would have never opened my businesses in Nazareth . Is fighting a business over nothing worth it? Ask upper Nazareth township. I have been fighting them for over a year at Taxpayers expense. I think the supervisors last stated the cost was around $17000 and still ticking. All over zoning .WAKE UP PEOPLE!
stephen Nikles February 07, 2013 at 04:29 AM
Well Ben not all your facts are correct . But if you worried about your taxes you should go to the meetings and see what kind of thing the township spends money on. Your taxes went up 80 some percent before . Also Ben a fact that you left out . The state of Pennsylvania dept of agriculture inspected the trailer in 2008 and also in 2011 and approved it as a mobile unit. That's why they issued the license . Cause a mobile unit does not need a permit .
Kelly Pettis-Brush February 07, 2013 at 11:28 AM
Ben I have been playing my music since the summer and I have heard an occasional complaint from the same person. My family is from Nazareth - both of my parents were born and raised here. Sheria is only complaining because of a personal problem she has with me. She had sat in my store and complimented me on my music and said it was refreshing herself. So now after 9 months she is stirring the pot. Let them bring the decibel to her apartment and gauge the sound of my refreshing music. Have you never walked on a busy main st? Main St.'s play music. Some towns have the music blasting from the town square. We hear music coming from the church every day don't we? No one complains about that. Ben stop by and tell me what you think of the music. I think you will agree that the music is at a perfectly reasonable level. If I cannot hear it from inside my business how on earth do people hear it inside their homes a block away?
Kelly Pettis-Brush February 07, 2013 at 11:29 AM
Yes! That is so true Bobbi Jo.
Kelly Pettis-Brush February 07, 2013 at 11:32 AM
Bonnie, many people walk into my store and comment on how Nazareth could be the next small New Hope - so it is ironic you said the same too. I just hope the people in the town allow that to happen. As a small business owner in the town of Nazareth - we need support from the community to survive.
Kelly Pettis-Brush February 07, 2013 at 01:05 PM
Mrs. King - great points. There are bigger problems in Nazareth like the ones you stated!! Playing music until 7pm should not be considered a problem...
Brenda Cramsey February 07, 2013 at 02:16 PM
Kelly, keep playing the music and don't worry about the SMALL STUFF!!! I love it!!!
Ben Miller February 07, 2013 at 03:18 PM
I tried to support you, Kelly, but I'm not about to be insulted by you for doing so. The proof will be in the pudding, as they say, and we will see if All Gussied Up is still around a couple years from now. For your sake and the sake of a downtown that needs to be revitalized, I sincerely hope it is. I wish you well.
Ben Miller February 08, 2013 at 04:19 AM
Seriously? Do you believe God would condone a post like that, clearly meant to cause even more hard feelings and upset another person? I don't know what happened today with the music, if the police intervened or Kelly chose to move her music indoors as a neighborly gesture. Either way, you got what you wanted and there was no need for this. God is an awesome God and one day you will stand before him. Will you be proud of your behavior in this situation? Kelly, we had a couple miscommunications earlier on here, but my intention was never to cause you harm of any kind. I wish you many years of success and after all I've seen today, I hope the ordinance is changed so your music may be played outside again.
Amy Cozze February 09, 2013 at 12:28 AM
I am Kelly's neighbor, I own Cozze Cakes next door. I HAVE NEVER HEARD THE MUSIC INSIDE MY BUSINESS, I couldn't even hear it as I pulled my car up out front, and if I can't hear it directly next door, guess what? You can't hear it down the street.. The attacks on her and her business have been personal and unwarranted. We (the Nazareth business owners) are desperately trying to revitalize this town, but are constantly receiving resistance. Maybe I should start playing music outside too...
Jake Tucker February 09, 2013 at 05:54 PM
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Jake Tucker February 09, 2013 at 06:09 PM
Hey Barb, are you the lady that was harassing this poor BUSINESS OWNER who is trying to make a living by yelling at her customers??? Are you the wife of a Nazareth Borough Councilman who lives by this store??? The same Nazareth Council that is ruining this town because they think they are above the law.
Jake Tucker February 09, 2013 at 06:28 PM
Kelly Pettis-Brush & Amy Cozze, Thanks for trying to make a go at being a BUSINESS OWNER in Nazareth. I wish you all the luck in the world. Too Bad the Nazareth Council doesn’t want to revitalization in this town, just ask Stephen Nikles. I hope you have a legal fund now that you dare to question the all mighty Nazareth Borough Council, they will be coming for you. I wish the people would realize the real problem in this town. WAKE UP PEOPLE!
Jake Tucker February 09, 2013 at 06:28 PM
Kelly Pettis-Brush & Amy Cozze, Thanks for trying to make a go at being a BUSINESS OWNER in Nazareth. I wish you all the luck in the world. Too Bad the Nazareth Council doesn’t want to revitalization in this town, just ask Stephen Nikles. I hope you have a legal fund now that you dare to question the all mighty Nazareth Borough Council, they will be coming for you. I wish the people would realize the real problem in this town. WAKE UP PEOPLE!
Amy Cozze February 10, 2013 at 02:23 AM
I'm sorry, but there is just no way you can hear her music inside your house, it just isn't possible. She is in compliance with the sound accordance, it's time to pick a new battle. If you are so sensitive to noise maybe main st in a business district was not a wise choice of residence?
Ben Miller February 10, 2013 at 04:19 AM
Just out of curiosity, how has she discriminated against you. (I know I'm going to kick myself for asking this, but I've been watching the back and forth for a couple days and I need a little context to understand this newest episode.)
Eric Harding February 10, 2013 at 04:21 AM
I too am curious Ben. And I have been doing the same thing that you have, that is watching the back and forth the past few days...
Eric Harding February 10, 2013 at 04:26 AM
Wait, wait, wait... Your husband is Paris "Pav Bundy" Wells??? No friggen way!! (I mean that last statement in astonishment.)
Ben Miller February 10, 2013 at 04:31 AM
It's like our own little soap opera. We changed the channel from that crap reality show with the Mayor and Police Chief... it really jumped the shark after the whole tv set thing anyway.
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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