It's no secret that it's a digital age. Music and other entertainment options are all available to download or stream. Thus, over the past few years, many brick-and-mortar records stores have closed shop.
But now, in an attempt to buck the trend, British-based music retailer Rough Trade has staged a record store comeback and has opened a new store in the New York City borough of Brooklyn on Monday (November 25).
"A music store, a record store is far more than simply being a place of purchase. It's a place, it's a hangout for people of all ages and tastes to congregate and celebrate music as an art form and not simply a commodity," said Stephen Godfroy, Co-owner of Rough Trade.
He added, "When you come into this store, you won't see price messages or offer messages. This is about music, the kaleidoscopic nature of it and music as an experience. So there are things in this store that are conducive to a record store being a place to hang out. So, we have a cafe which serves hot food and drink from the local, fantastic restaurant Five Leaves in Greenpoint. We have a dedicated venue space for 250 capacity which has a balcony seating and a full bar that enables us to put on live events most nights of the week, not simply live bands performing, but also screenings, Q&As, workshops. As I say it's a real community hub."
According to Nielsen SoundScan and Nielsen BDS, during the first six months of 2013, digital album sales were up 6.3 percent. But during the same time period, Nielsen reported vinyl LP sales were up 33.5 percent, so to some vinyl is staging a comeback.
"I grew up with it. I have my parents collection. It's in my blood. It's how I shop for records," said Sky.
"We've got some friends who are really into vinyl now and they are starting to get us into it. They always rave about how it's better quality and they just really like that feel of having it in your hands versus you just getting it online," said T.J. explaining the trend.
Rough Trade also houses a room sponsored by the U.K.'s Guardian newspaper. Inside the Guardian Green Room, shoppers can engage the music community via Twitter and other message services, as well as read Guardian content, such as its music and culture articles and music reviews.
Presented by Adam Justice