Cape Fear Comeback: Varno’s Musical Instrument Repair reopens after Florence

Updated: Apr. 19, 2019 at 9:14 PM EDT
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LELAND, NC (WECT) - Varno’s Musical Instrument Repair reopened this week after six months of being closed after Hurricane Florence.

The store’s owner, James Varno, has repaired instruments for Aerosmith, Boston, Smokey Robinson, and the Miracles and opened his business a decade ago in Leland.

Because the repair shop is connected to his home, when Florence hit the Carolina Coast, he was left to repair his business and his house, too.

“It breached the roof on the north and the west side of the house pretty much upon impact. Shingles were gone, pretty much the roof paper was gone and we just took on water for three days," said Varno.

The repairs cost him nearly $90,000, but nevertheless, he stayed positive.

“There were a lot of people that were even worse off than we were," Varno said.

He said this storm did teach him a lesson.

“Sometimes your patience can run a little thin so I struggled with that but I did learn. I learned sometimes there’s there’s nothing you can do about it, things take time,” said Varno.

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