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Small Business Saturday "Everyday" At Local Record Shop
When you shop local for Small Business Saturday in downtown Springfield, you might be drawn to clothing boutiques or specialty cafes. But there is also another option where you can stay in town and find most anything for anyone, all while taking a bit of a journey.
"As a record store we've been here 35 years," Recycled Records owner Mark Kessler said. "In this building my family has been here since 1910. If you had told me 35 years ago that one of our biggest sellers would be vinyl today I would have said you're wrong."
But there's something so right drawing people to East Adams Street. Maybe it is the smell of cardboard-clad gold.
“You can't download a record," Kessler said. "I mean, you can download the musi,c but you can't download the artwork and the liner notes."
According to Kessler, vinyl is the only way music should be heard.
“If you listen to a Buddy Holly album digitally re-mastered on CD, it's really clean," Kessler said. "It sounds really good except it doesn't sound anything like what Buddy Holly recorded in a garage in Clovis, New Mexico. If the album you play is a little bit tinny, that's what it sounded like if you listened to it in 1958."
This is also the only way customers should be treated.
“Our guys know music," Kessler said. "Two of the three guys that work here play in bands. So if you got a question about how to string a guitar we can help you. If you need a new needle on your phonograph we can install it."
Springfield resident Dennis Gorss came to Recycled Records to clean out the closet.
“I brought some 45 records, some albums and a turntable,” Gorss said.
His return was $37.00.
"You know, you just don't see stores like this anymore," Gorss said. "I mean, you can't go to the mall and find a place where you can sell and buy."
While the day after Black Friday is dedicated to buying local, that is the mantra these people live by every day, in a place where shopping isn't dominated by frantic bargain hunters or pushy salesmen, just local people sharing their love of something different.
“I’m a people person," Kessler said. "I mean, I can sit downstairs and talk to legislatures and representatives, I can talk to homeless people. The conversations are somewhat different, but I enjoy talking to people."