Saturday, December 22, 2018

Record Stores Still Live: Support Your Local Retailer While You Can This Holiday

It was very heartening to visit Rockaway Records on Sunday, as it held another of its periodic sales. Yes, I download and stream music these days, but there's still nothing like holding physical media — and discovering something in the stacks. I went home with 16 CDs for $36. I'm not sure how much of a business model that is, but I imagine Rockaway makes most of its revenue through its vibrant collectable business, and also from its real estate. (The music store has slimmed down over time, as it began renting off chunks of its building to other businesses, like Silver Lake Wine.) Thank goodness for stores like Rockaway and Amoeba, keeping the joy of music shopping alive.

Rockaway Records, 2395 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039

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