Shake It Records is a Cincinnati Record Store institution. Today I read some wise words from owner, Darren Blase. We'll be meeting Darren at a (nerdy) Record Store Convention in Nashville next month and I can't wait to pick his brain. Here is his take on record stores in the community:
"That's what our stores are, intricate little parts of our communities like King; not where people just buy music but where folks gather to talk about current happenings and share opinions, post community events on the board, giving space to a local band, asking if there are any apartments for rent in the 'hood, bringing leftovers from a birthday party, getting engaged at the shop (like 2 regulars did just the other night), and who knows what else?"
He continues, "All the little things that add up to community that aren't found at a T#$%et, B&st B*y, or W@lm@rt. Honestly that's all we got at the end of the day -- but it's the most important thing we got, our communities. If it wasn't, we wouldn't be trying to preserve it 50 years later."
So true...I hope we all keep this in mind and take advantage of the great community building small businesses we have in SLC...