Wanda Kuntz (Kennedy) and her bothers, Tom and Ray, grew up with music in Maplewood. Their parents, Ray and Mae, owned Kennedy Music, in various locations on Manchester Road from 1940 to 1979.
Tom and Ray Kennedy went on to have music careers in New York City. Kuntz teaches piano in St. Louis, where she lives with with her husband.
The business started with a music school owned by her dad and his bother in 1934. The first store was at the northeast corner of Manchester and Oakview Terrace in 1940. Stores followed in the 7400 block of Manchester, the 7100 block of Manchester, 7302 Manchester Road (current location of Citizens Bank Park) and finally 7310 Manchester Road. The last one closed at midnight on Christmas Eve, 1979.
“Maplewood has such a rich history of these independently-owned businesses, and it seems like now, still there are a lot of independent stores — people who are going for it. My parents definitely went for it,” Kuntz said.
Kuntz is four chapters into writing a book on her memories of the store.