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Spoonful Records Brings Vintage Vinyl Downtown

Walker Evans Walker Evans
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Brett Ruland is a lifelong record collector, and on July 17th he’ll be opening up that collection to share with the public. Spoonful Records is the name of his new vintage vinyl shop opening at 116 E. Long Street, next door to B1 Bicycles.

The music selection at Spoonful will include rock, jazz and soul as well as a selection of modern releases and local music. “Anything goes now a days in regard what people want to listen to,” said Brett. “I’m trying to have a good mix of inexpensively priced records mixed with some higher end stuff for the serious collectors.”

Brett’s personal interest in music began at an early age, and his professional interest started in 2003 when he founded Spoonful Records, a record label that released several albums through 2008. “My dream would be to use the store to support the record label to support the local music scene,” explained Brett. “Each component can benefit the others. I think it will be a good thing all around.”

When Brett first became interested in opening a retail store, he explored several different areas including Clintonville and the University District before selecting the Downtown location at 116 E. Long. “Being Downtown makes me think that I’m in another place or another city because it has a different kind of energy,” said Brett. “It feels like a destination and I hope other people get that feeling too. Most people will travel to a record shop no matter where it’s located if they have the records that people want.”

Over the past two months Brett has been working to transform the retail space with hand-built record shelves, a new checker-board floor, several vintage pinball machines and some additional seating areas. “I want to create a space that people like to hang out in,” he explained.

Additionally, a small transformable performance area is set up in the back of the store where the occasional in-store live music performance will be held. “We want to provide a space for bands who have a sound that maybe doesn’t work well in a bar,” said Brett. “I think performing in a record store environment provides an audience who will listen to live music in a more attentive way.”

The store is scheduled to open on Saturday, July 17th, and hours of operation will be Tuesday through Saturday, 11am to 8pm, Sunday, Noon to 6pm, and closed on Mondays.

“I don’t think there’s been a record store Downtown in the past 30 or 35 years”, added Brett. “It’s kind of exciting to be the first one opening up again.”

More information can be found online at the Spoonful Facebook page.

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