Noah Heyman, owner of Far Around Recording, at 24 W Main St., announced at the end of December that the musical lesson hub, recording studio, concert and gathering space would be shutting its doors after two years of business.
Far Around Recording partnered with Wellington Music in June 1. The site formerly served as the Dirtsandwich Music Company recording studio.
Heyman said Far Around “had a good run” and he was thankful for the time he got to spend in the business, as well as the people he was able to help with their musical endeavors.
“The time has come to shut her down, though,” he said in a Facebook post. “I've been lucky enough to earn my living as an artist for the past 10 or so years. It's been an adventure to say the least. I've had great experiences and met so many lovely people.”
The 31-year-old Heyman said the time came from him to choose his family over his hobby. He is a husband and father of two girls.
“I've decided to try my hand at earning a steady paycheck and providing more stability for my family,” he said.
The former owner now works full time at SoundCom, “installing and commissioning A/V systems and whatnot.” He began the new job in September and attempted to do it along with the business.
“At first I figured I could do both the studio and the job, but quickly learned there's not enough time in the day to do it all and still see my girls,” he said. “So I stopped booking the studio and it has become little more than a very expensive storage unit as of late.”
Heyman said he will “cherish” the memories made at Far Around and thanked the artists and community for their support. Heyman won’t be ducking out completely from the industry, however. He said he may be able to resume his passion, should events play out right.
“I'm still available to mix records, so if you need a good ear to sort it out and make it shine, let me know,” his post said. “Who knows? Once things gel a little I might reopen somewhere.”
The future of the West Main Street storefront also is uncertain, according to former Dirtsandwich owner Chris Castle. Castle serves as a member of the Oddfellows, a non-profit club in Norwalk which has owned the building since 1845.
Castle said plans for the space are being discussed. However, Castle said he could not provide additional details at this time.