Vinyl lives on: Central Square Records celebrates Record Store Day 2014

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Central Square Records Manager Ed Jack and Owner Tom King inside the store at last year's Record Store Day. Every year, RSD continues to be the biggest day of sales for the small Seaside shop, said Jack.

Jennie McKeon | The Sun
Published: Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 05:24 PM.

Before iTunes and mass-market retailers, music lovers would visit small record stores to purchase albums.

As music became more and more accessible — to the point that it was no longer tangible — the mom and pop record stores have become few and far between.

That is until 2007, when a gathering of independent record store owners and employees decided to celebrate the nearly 1,000 independently-owned record stores in the country, thus creating Record Store Day, which is April 19.

"It reinforces what we already do year-round," said Ed Jack, manager at Central Square Records in Seaside . "We provide a unique experience for our customers by helping them cultivate a music taste — dig a little deeper. Someone might come in looking for Jimmy Buffett, so we'll tell them about similar musicians. Some of our local customers are always returning to pick our brains, which is really cool."

With the exception of a few shops in Pensacola , Central Square is one of the only independent music stores in the area, owned by husband and wife entrepreneurs, Jenny and Tom King, who actually met in Seaside .

"Tom and I started the store in 2003, right as the iPod revolution was just taking hold," said Jack. "It was challenging. We didn't know if we would fall flat on our faces. We just stuck by having a good time and a good attitude."

When the store first opened, there was but one crate of records on a counter. Today, the store has two full rooms of vinyl ranging from vintage finds to new releases.



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