Inside the grand opening of Jack White’s Third Man Records store in Detroit: The Detroit store opened its doors just in time for Black Friday on Nov. 27 and, according to the Detroit News, was greeted by hundreds of shoppers lined up around the block despite the rain.
As vinyl sales soar, new shops join Vintage Vinyl and Record Exchange: There’s good news for local vinyl record stores. Vinyl sales are up 50 percent this past year as we enter the peak shopping season. A number of music store owners say the increase results from a new generation discovering that vinyl offers a widely different audio experience than streaming services.
Rhino and beyond, vinyl makes comeback: “There was a deficit of young people buying music a decade ago; they were getting it all for free online,” he said. “It seems like there’s been a call from the generation to follow the last one to a certain degree. They believe having music and connecting with the artist is an important thing. It seems like the pendulum swings one way and then another.”
At long last, Leesburg gets its own vinyl shop: “People have been coming in and saying that they’ve been waiting for a record store,” said Longendyke. “I don’t think there’s been a record store here ever. There was a CD store in the late ‘90s, but that was it.”
Scrape Records, Vancouver’s metal record store, on sale: After 18 years, Vancouver’s only all-metal record store may close next month. But for the right price it could be yours. The owner, who goes by simply J.J., says he wants to do something new with his life, but doesn’t want Vancouver to become less metal when he leaves the store behind. So, he wants someone to buy it who will keep the store’s vision alive.
New shop in Sheffield aids rise of vinyl records: Vinyl has been making a comeback recently and it’s only set to get more popular, thanks to the recent opening of Bear Tree Records in Orchard Square. The shop, owned by Joe Blanchard, is focused on selling both new and second-hand vinyl records, with some cassette tapes buried in the back. It also houses a huge range of genres, with the expected jazz, classic rock and reggae, but also more niche genres such as death metal, psychedelia, and techno.