Business: Wilking Music Company
Date of Ad: October 13th, 1940
Location: 120 East Ohio Street, near Massachusetts Avenue
Years of Operation: 1922-1995
Notable: For over 70 years, Wilking Music Company was the place to go if you wanted that glamorous Steinway and Son’s grand piano. Founded in 1922 by Frank Wilking in a small storefront in the 200 block of Massachusetts Avenue, the business grew to occupy the entire building. Anticipating a big boom after World War II, the company moved to the Vajen Building at 114 North Pennsylvania in 1946
Additionally: Wilking Music Company became part of the Steinway Company in 1960 who in turn sold it to local distributor Richard Gigax. During this time the company expanded to locations at the various shopping malls throughout the city and a warehouse store in Park 100 on the northwest side. Gigax sold the company in 1981 to Jasper Indiana based Kimball Piano Company who consolidated the operation to a massive showroom at 86th Street and Allisonville Road. This venture closed in 1995. Richard Gigax went on to found Meridian Music who continues to do business in Carmel.
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