Check It Out And Help Keep Record Stores Alive!
A Brief One from Niagara At Large publisher Doug Draper
Posted October 7th, 2016 on Niagara At Large
Every so often – and far more often than one might imagine given that the flagship store is now more than nine years gone – I still hear people I meet in Buffalo, in Toronto and in many cities and towns in between, how much they miss one of the mothers of all record stores – Sam the Record Man store on Yonge Street in Toronto.
For anyone who loves collecting music by favourite artists on vinyl or CDs, I felt like a little kid walking into the world’s greatest toy store when I entered that place with the giant neon sign shaped like LPs above the front doors.
Sam’s, like so many of the great independent record stores, fell by the wayside as younger generations of would-be customers buying and downloading music online, and corporate chain retailers like Wal-Mart and Best Buy started mass-selling the top 20 CDs the suits at Disney Corp. want us to consume, but carry hardly any titles by artists whose music reduces Britney Spears and Justin Bieber to the soulless, flatulating midgets that they are.
Fortunately, one of the last of the great independent record stores going back to the formative years of Bruce Springsteen, Pink Floyd, David Bowie, U2, Prince and so many others in the 1970s and 80s is still with us – in Buffalo, New York.
That store, founded 40 years ago in 1976, is Record Theatre and, as has been the case since its grand opening it is loaded with almost any title in rock, blues, R&B, jazz and other genres of music that pops into your head – on new and used CDs, and new and used vinyl. And there is a great selection of DVDs and books too.
Before I go on, let me make it clear that we don’t do paid ads on Niagara At Large or engage in any quid pro quo of a monetary or materialistic nature with anyone or anything we promote or give a positive review to here. If that ever changes, we will be sure to let you know so you can take whatever we promote on those terms with however many grains of salt you wish.
My one and only motive here is to urge other music lovers to keep great stores like this alive by supporting them with our business.
Every April, Record Theatre is one of a number of independent record stores across North America that celebrate “Record Store Day,” with lineups at its mothership store on the corner of Main Street and Lafayette in Buffalo, and at its satellite store further north on Main Street, at the University Plaza. (We’ll have a link further down that you can click on with further details on the stores and there locations).
Record Store Day, say its founders, “is a day for the people who make up the world of the record store—the staff, the customers, and the artists—to come together and celebrate the unique culture of a record store and the special role these independently owned stores play in their communities.”
Record Theatre, with its awesome selection of music and and staff in the know when it comes to helping you find the titles you want, epitomizes that unique culture and fortunately, growing numbers of people – including younger people who are coming to the conclusion that downloading music on digital devices isn’t anywhere near as much fun – are going back to the future and embracing the rich culture these great music palaces have to offer again.
And for Canadians ere who may want to check this store out, for the whole month of October Record Theatre is accepting Canadian cash – that is CASH – at par for all purchases in the store on Saturdays and Sundays, which is a very generous offer given how low the dollar north of the border is now.
Learn more about Record Theatre and sign up for its weekly online newsletter, click on the store’s website at- http://www.recordtheatre.com/ .
One Last Message from Me – Always remember that the only way we can help keep independent record stores, bookstores and other locally owned businesses alive and well is by supporting them with our business. Independent, locally owned businesses are economic life lines for truly healthy communities.
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