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Music buffs flock to the Record Archive

Record Archive storefront

Record Archive storefront

Record Archive
33 1/3 Rockwood Street
Rochester, NY 14610
(585) 244-1210
www.recordarchive.com

The rise of digital music has caused chaos for artists, record labels and other music retailers, but the Record Archive – well known to music aficionados in the Northeast – has defied the odds and expanded several times over nearly 40 years. The store now resides in a 10,000 square foot warehouse painted bright mustard yellow to attract passersby.

The Record Archive’s bread and butter is the sale of used vinyl and CDs. The store also sells cassettes and eight tracks, often to classic car collectors whose vehicles still sport the old technology.

“We have sold vinyl records every day we’ve been in existence,” said Dick Storms, co-owner of the Record Archive during our visit on July 11. “Over the years we’ve added inventory, hence why we've had to move to larger locations.”

In addition to used media, the store carries everything from vintage bicycles, t-shirts and other music memorabilia, to production equipment and gag gifts. The store was featuring a Pink Floyd denim jacket and a Sony reel-to-reel on its Facebook page prior to our stop by the store. As we spoke with Dick he unloaded a framed Judy Garland concert poster in great condition from his van.

Record Archive records

Record Archive records

While some of the merchandise is picked up at estate and garage sales, the majority is brought in by shoppers looking to weed out their collections. The store has six buyers on staff, trained to recognize the value of used media and music collectibles.

“If you stand here long enough with me...someone will come trudging in with a box of records,” said Dick.

The money earned through these transactions often never makes it out of the store. Instead, it’s immediately reinvested in a must-have CD or record, which people still crave even in this electronic age for a variety of reasons.

Record Archive full store view

Record Archive full store view

“One person says it’s the quality of the music, other people say it’s the graphics, other people like the nostalgia. Other people just want to capture what they had 50 years ago, but I think the young customers, my new customers, the people entering the vinyl world, like to have the tangible artifact that is a direct connection to the artists they love,” said Dick.

There are some things a music download just won't satisfy. For music junkies, the Record Archive is the fix.

 

Record Archive Beatles merchandise on display

Record Archive Beatles merchandise on display