Tampa Bay's independent record shops keep on spinning
Independent record shops were already a bit of a dying breed in recent years. So how are they keeping their businesses alive in this wretched economy?
Manny Matalon, the manager of Daddy Kool records in St. Petersburg, said it will take creativity to stay afloat. Ten years ago he would stock about 30 discs for a new popular album. Now he might put only five in inventory.For almost every new CD that Matalon orders, he also gets a copy of it on a classic vinyl album. He also stocks a record player that allows users to convert the record to a digital file, so when the vinyl isn't spinning it can also be played on an iPod. Some of the albums also try to blend the new media by offering a digital download with the purchase.
For more on what Daddy Kool, the Disc Exchange and others are doing to lure in customers, check out Austin Bogues' story here. And don't forget to pop into your local music store on National Record Store Day, April 18.
[Photo: Willie Allen Jr., tbt*]