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Record store employee opens his own shop

Kenny Crum loves music. He loves the people he meets over music. He loves the conversations that spark from the mention of a favorite genre, artist, song or album.

After working at five different record stores throughout Florida over the past 20 years, he will officially celebrated the grand opening of his very own store, Steelworker Records, on Sept. 10.

"It's what I enjoy, and somehow it's become my trade over the years," Crum said.

He partnered with Gigi Lage, who will bring her curated jewelry from around the world to add to Crum's collection of records, tapes and CDs.

The Seminole Heights store located at 708 W Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. is right around the corner from another independent record store, Microgroove.

"There's room for me and others," Crum said. "Record stores have kind of always been popular. Ten years ago, we still had the same group of core people who aren't going anywhere."

Though the store carries a variety of genres, customers will find a lot of metal music since Crum's background is in metal and punk.

For the grand opening, the store will host three DJs — DJ Gabe Echazabal, DJ Cub and DJ Evil Dead II — plus free pizza and empanadas by Heights Pizza, and free Angry Chair Brewing beer.

"The DJs who are coming used to work with me at Vinyl Fever, which was an important time for me, beyond work, just personally, and to have them come back and DJ at my store is a big thing," Crum said.

On Sept. 9, the store will participate in the release of the Twin Peaks original score LP by Angelo Badalamenti by airing episodes on a constant loop all day long.

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