· ABOUT THE HOMESTEAD ·

The Homestead Pickin’ Parlor® specializes in acoustic music recordings, instruments, accessories, and instruction. We host events, workshops and weekly jam sessions. Our knowledgable and friendly staff is here to help you along your musical journey.

Welcome to the Homestead

Marv and Dawn Outside the Store

Owners Marv & Dawn Menzel

Way back in the last century, in 1979, almost at the dawning of the Reagan era, a (somewhat) younger couple settled in a small shop in Richfield, Minnesota, just south of the Minneapolis border. Marv and Dawn Menzel set out to serve the acoustic musical needs of the Twin Cities, and they created a unique place.

Homestead Pickin’ Parlor has become a center of activity for those interested in folk music, blues, bluegrass, and other genre which have grown up from those. It hosts music instruction, jams, workshops, finds obscure recordings, provides the supplies needed by musicians, and sells banjos, guitars, autoharps, hammer dulcimers and a host of other noisemakers not easily found elsewhere.

But the Homestead Pickin’ Parlor is much more than a store — it is a community resource. Countless times, someone calls the store looking for a record, only remembering one line, but thinking they heard it on MPR’s Morning Show, and couldn’t someone please help them? And most often, they find that music and probably much more.

Marv and Dawn hope to continue that tradition for a good while longer, and invite you to join in.

“At Homestead Pickin’ Parlor, meeting the musical needs of acoustic music
fans is never an afterthought. It has always been our only thought.”