A big part of what makes Stinkweeds the record store it has always been is an understanding of the intimate relationship between the music lover and the albums they choose to buy. This is why our aim has never been to expand beyond your small, neighborhood record store. We enjoy being the little store we are and a lot of that has to do with the relationships we have with our customers. But, with our desire to remain small, some challenges may pop up. Mostly, the challenge of space.
In the past few years, we have seen an influx in, both, vinyl releases and incoming trade. Luckily for us, we’ve also seen quite a few new faces to balance this out. However, we were quickly starting to run out of room for all this new product. It was never an option for us to get rid of the things our customers have come to expect to find, at Stinkweeds. In fact, we’re always looking for ways to expand that collection. So, something had to be done. For more than a year, we have been considering a number of plans and options to make the store work better for all the new product, as well as offer a more intuitive, user-friendly experience for you, our customer, all the while, maintaining the essence of our store. We think we may have found it.
We’re not quite finished yet. In the process, we found that we had a little more room to work with than we originally thought. So, we’re currently having another big vinyl bin built, a small “recent arrivals” bin, as well as some signs to hang up, around the store, to make things a little easier to find. Also, with all of this new room to work with, we can now consider different arrangements to make for an even better experience. But, we’re pretty happy with how the store is, as of now. It feels incredibly open and welcoming, the way a record store should be. We hope you’ll drop by and take it for a test drive.
Here are some photos of the new layout. You really do have to see it in person, though.