Cool Beat Music and Books in Cheektowaga, New York and Niagara Records in St. Catharines, Ontario
“There is nothing as glamorous to me as a record store.” – Paul McCartney
A Brief Call-Out for Record Stores from Doug Draper, Niagara At Large
Posted April 10th, 2019
This coming Saturday, April 13th is a very special day for those of us who love music and, most importantly, for what are left of the marvellous and magical places in our regions that bring that great music too us.
This Saturday, April 13th marks the 11th annual ‘Record Store Day’ across North America and other parts of the world – a day when those of us who love music and the very special sense of community music inspires when we experience it together can do that coming together at favourite brick and mortar record stores, to support and celebrate t what Paul McCartney rightly calls the glamour and the joy they can bring to our lives.
Those of you who regularly visit Niagara At Large may already know that I like to advocate for supporting what are left of some of the great independently owned stores in our region, and recently I highlighted three of the best used book stores, including Hannelore Headley Old and Fine Books and The Write Bookshop in St. Catharines, Ontario and Rust Belt Books in Buffalo, New Year.
This time, on the eve of this year’s Record Store Day, I want to mention at least a couple of the coolest record stores on either side of the Niagara River.
And I’ll start with one called Cool Beat Music and Books that you can find on the American side of the border, less than a 10 minute drive from downtown Buffalo, New York on 2445 William Street in neighbouring Cheektowaga.
If you are wondering how you are going to find this very cool store, I will include a link for a map you can click on near the bottom of this post. For now, all you need to know is that Cool Beat is a store well worth finding. Continue reading