Record stores Virginia Beach
In this 2012 file photo Reggie Jones, worker of United States Oldies, checks… (Sangjib Min, Frequent Press )
Against all odds, the record shop is not extinct in Hampton Roads — and that's due partly on rebounding rise in popularity of plastic among collectors as well as other new-generation music snobs.
CD product sales may keep on being dwindling, but customers have shown growing appetite for plastic albums, a format that some today think about exotic and cool, not obsolete and antiquated.
Record shop Day, an advertising event observed Saturday, April 19 throughout the country, should be marked at a number of stores in Hampton Roads. They'll certainly be moving out limited-edition goodies and special releases. See every detail at
If you'd always enter into the retro nature, here's a fast look at local places where you can find those precious vinyl items and hip brand-new hunks of hot wax.
United States Oldies, 14333 Warwick Blvd., Newport News. 757-877-6877. For followers searching for unusual vintage pieces, United states Oldies may be the area's mecca. The shop, which was in operation considering that the late 1970s plus exactly the same place at least since 1993, shares as much as 15, 000 albums ranging however you like from jazz and funk to indie rock and nation. The shop does offer some new vinyl pieces, but, given that shop's title proposes, it's mainly about the fantastic oldies. The store will offer you some special products for Record shop Day.
Fantasy, 10117 Jefferson Ave., Newport Information. 757-595-1259. Fantasy sells significantly more than songs. T-shirts, posters, jewellery and novelties are typical the main inventory. The store takes songs seriously, though. It presently provides about 3, 000 records also around 30, 000 CDs. Owner Mitch Kirsner is a major music lover his interests tend to be reflected inside stock. Fantasy, which also will take part in Record Store Day, is a particularly good source of underground stone discs.
Birdland Reports, Tapes & Compact Discs, 951 Providence Square, Virginia Seashore. 757-495-0961. Birdland has actually a remarkable pedigree for an archive shop. It is a descendant of a shop that music mogul Frank Guida ran in downtown Norfolk into the 1960s. Recently, people indeed there have experienced a jump in plastic sales. "It is growing exponentially, " said owner Barry Friedman. "The neat benefit of the plastic men and women is they stay in the store for an hour or maybe more. They are afraid they are going to miss one thing, so they really undergo every album inside shop, which is the means it used to be ... It really is enjoyable to see folks excited once again about music. That's been lacking for several, many years." For Record shop Day weekend, besides providing deals and freebies, Birdland will host a kind of record convention where its supplier will carry in an additional 10, 000-12, 000 albums. Crates of files will pour down onto the sidewalk both for Saturday and Sunday, Friedman stated.
AFK Publications & Registers, 4801 Shore Drive, Suite D, Virginia Beach. 757-962-1996. This 4, 700-square-foot store opened in 2011 and has already been steadily including more music. The shop, originally known as AFK Books, recently appended "reports" to its name to reflect the change. Owner John Brittell stated the shop provides approximately 5, 000 vinyl disks. "It's most likely about 50 % utilized, have new. It is undoubtedly developing for all of us. It has been huge." He stated separate rock and separate pop music represent the store's strongest genres. Brittell said his store should get some good of rarest Record Store Day pieces. On just last year's Record shop Day, one customer camped away from store beginning at 3 a.m. to be sure he could easily get a duplicate of a Dave Matthews Band boxed set. "I imagine he'll be back once more, " Brittell said.