Several years ago, I was at a concert and noticed that the young band was selling their album on vinyl. My friends and I started reminiscing about how much fun it was hanging in our local record stores when we were growing up. We noticed that Philly was adding some new record stores and wished there were a few spots in Delaware County. My husband and I decided to take the plunge and open the store to give music fans a fun place to shop, hang out and talk about music.
So, after giving it serious thought, Andrea did take the plunge and opened up this unique store in August of 2013. Was it something that she always dreamed about doing? Not really.
I really never thought about opening a record store. I’ve always loved music since I was very young and spent many of my teenage pay checks on records and concert tickets. I guess after the initial thought, it was about 6 months before we decided to seriously look for a location. We were happy to hear about a vacant spot next door to the Historic Lansdowne Theater. Restoration of the theater is currently underway and the venue will re-open as a concert hall. We thought a record store next to a concert venue was a perfect fit so we moved ahead and secured the location.
That first part sounded familiar to me. I spent a lot of my early pay checks on buying records. So, has this idea of opening a record store paid off? It does seem to be doing just fine.
I have noticed that our traffic has increased since our initial opening. We have many returning, regular customers but new customers are still coming in who say they just found out about us.
The customer base has changed a bit. While the regulars still come in, there are new younger faces coming in to see the collection that is for sale. Andrea says that many of her newer customers are college students and teenagers. While I was there I saw a father and his teenage son looking at records together. That made me smile.
Besides being able to find some long lost vinyl treasure to add to your collection, you can also find some clothing, pottery, and books. You can even find a copy of my book “Confessions of a Teenage Disc jockey” and that of Charlie Gracie’s book that I reviewed (See archives).
The surroundings also add to the shopping experience. There’s the wall of signed albums, two old style phono players and lots of posters.
The one thing that really separates Vinyl Revival from other record stores is the “Vault”. No, the Vault is not a safe with valuable records or money. It is a 35-seat black box theater space where they hold monthly open mics, indie film screenings, intimate live concerts, and more. The hope is to foster a music community and support up-and-coming bands, indie musicians/filmmakers, etc. whenever they can.
All indications are that Andrea is doing a great job. It is a fun shopping experience and very worthy of being on the list of recommended record stores.
Check before going to find out their hours. They are not open every day. The phone number for the store is (610) 284-3537. Their website is http://www.vinylrevivalrecords.com.