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Lancaster, OH | f.y.e. music store at River Valley Mall to close: The River Valley Mall will soon lose yet another tenant as f.y.e. plans to close soon. f.y.e., or For Your Entertainment, is a store that sells CDs, DVDs, and other entertainment items. Mall property manager Brenda Miller said the company has been in the mall for about 20 or 25 years, although under the Record Town and National Record Mart monikers before using the f.y.e. name. Store manager Dylan Reinschell said the store would probably close in the first week of July. He said the reason for the closing is a lease issue with the mall, but said he could not comment further about it. Merchandise is on sale now, and Reihschell said the sale would continue until the closing day.

Minneapolis, MN | Minneapolis record store Electric Fetus celebrating 50th anniversary: Minneapolis’ most renowned record store is turning the big 50. The Electric Fetus is celebrating the huge milestone officially on this Sunday, but will be celebrating all week with a variety of sales and more. First Avenue will host a big birthday bash Saturday, featuring several different indie-rock bands. The business has been a gathering place for music lovers and counter-culturists in Minnesota since 1968. An early publicity stunt helped create its colorful history in the Twin Cities. “It was called the ‘Naked Sale’ and if you came in naked, you got an album and you got to take it for coming in naked,” said Stephanie Covart Meyerring, a co-owner of the store. “So it was definitely the talk of part of our history and probably not okay to do today.”

UK | Vinyl and Brexit: ‘Terrifying’ or a ‘great opportunity?’ Many people remain divided on whether Brexit will be a success or not and the vinyl industry is no different. Record sales are at their highest level since the 1990s, but most records are manufactured in Europe. So there’s a lot of concern about what will happen when the UK leaves the European Union. A new breed of British record pressing companies say they will benefit from the changes, but others say Brexit is “terrifying”…”We will benefit from Brexit,” says Daren Fudge, the Director of Vinyl Presents, a new pressing plant in Portsmouth. “It will make us competitive with Europe once Brexit is implemented.”

Portsmouth, UK | Fareham shops: ‘We need to be different’ to survive: Heathen Chemistry Record shop owner: ‘There are a lot of great independent shops that offer something different but people don’t know about us as they don’t go further than the shopping centre. ‘If there was to be free parking at the bottom of West Street towards the station that would mean people have to walk past all the independent shops.’ Simon believes Fareham could become a mini Camden. or Brighton with some attention. He added: ‘Like Brighton and Camden we need to celebrate and big up our independent shops.

Spin Modular Flooring Relies on Vinyl Record Making as Inspiration for Patterning and Design: …Mannington Commercial’s in-house design studio was not only drawn to the process in which records are made, but also to how sound and impressions register on the vinyl surface and result in textured patterns. A visit to Nashville’s United Records, the largest record producer in the U.S., revealed the techniques used and inspired a host of possibilities through patterns and etchings. Here, where sound becomes a tangible object, designers looked to grooves, scratches and curves as a source for developing a modular collection. The abstract movements are carried out in dynamic patterns that convey a visual, textural music in flooring designs.

Five Hotels With Innovative In-Room Amenities: A special touch packs rooms at these hotels with an extra punch. …The Kimpton Goodland (pictured) has 158 eclectic guest rooms that are designed to appeal to every guest’s inner surfer. And what do surfers like more than anything else? Waves, of course. And not just ocean waves, either. They love sound waves, too. Which is why the hotel has outfitted every room with its own record player. To create a soundtrack for your stay, consult the hotel’s record concierge and check out a few records from the hotel’s vinyl library.

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