Wednesday, April 18, 2012

What if all Record Stores were really like Empire Records???

Ever since I was a kid I dreamed of opening a record store. The idea just always seemed fun to me. Maybe it's because I loved the movie Empire Records. In my mind, if I owned a record store, every morning would be like the scene in that movie where they are opening the store and singing and having fun.

Wouldn't that be the life? But, just like in the movie, corporate giants eventually began to take over. Once digital music became popular, we went from having 2 record stores within a couple of blocks in Royal Oak to maybe one per county. There were a few that weathered the storm over the years. And thankfully, record stores are beginning to pop up once again.

Back in 2007, a group of people decided to get together and dedicate a day to these little retail havens that we love. They founded Record Store Day,. It's a day to support and celebrate independent record stores and the love of music. Record Store Day is recognized as the 3rd Saturday in April and has increased in popularity over the past few years. There are now several special releases on Record Store Day and stores around the country host events on this fun day. 

This year, Record Store Day is this Saturday, April 21st. In honor of Record Store Day we wanted to share a couple of our favorite record stores with you in the days leading up to this great holiday. So make sure to check back to get the scoop on our favorite shops and to find out what some of the stores in the Detroit area have planned for Saturday! And make sure to make time to stop by your favorite record store this Saturday! 


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