Record Store Day brought record amount of fun for some

Record Store Day 2011 was without a doubt the most fun day my son Matthew and I have ever had at Triple Play Records in the 22 plus years we have been doing business in Grand Junction.

We witnessed the power of vinyl firsthand as most of the day’s receipts were from the sale of vinyl records and fairly evenly balanced between used vinyl and the new records that were Record Store Day exclusives.

We did not sell all of our special Record Store Day issues and we did not expect we would. In fact it is nice to have some of them left over for folks who weren’t able to make it in on Saturday, April 16.

What was most rewarding for Matthew and me was the fact that we were able to make sure everyone who came into Triple Play Records that day went home with some free music, whether they made a purchase or not.

We weren’t sure we would be able to do that but thanks to all of the free swag we were sent because of our “official” registration for the event, we pulled it off.

To see and hear the appreciation for what we were doing from people we have been helping for years along with all of the new customers we saw that day, was what makes it all worthwhile. Making those connections within the community that are mutually beneficial is what owning a business is all about.

There are a lot of folks who we would like to thank for making Record Store Day such a success.

First, we want to thank those employees of Bull Moose Records in Maine for getting this whole thing started in 2007 in an attempt to help the true independent record stores stay afloat.

As we have witnessed by the closing of F.Y.E. and Borders in Grand Junction already this year, the music business is tough to be in, and we sure appreciate and can use all the help we can get from the record labels, and Record Store Day sure helps.

We also would like to thank KAFM 88.1 FM Community Radio for its live, on-air mentions on Friday and Saturday. An extra special thank you also goes out to MichaelB Jamin, Dave K, Big Lou and Wind Dancer over at Drive105 for their two weeks of live ad-libs about Record Store Day.

There wasn’t a time that I tuned in that I didn’t hear something about it. You can’t pay for that kind of exposure.

I want to thank Matthew for taking this event to another level from what we have done in years past.

With his ability to take what he is learning in his marketing classes at Mesa State College to create a Facebook presence and a news release, he motivated numerous customers and some of the local media to support Record Store Day, and that positive feedback was rewarding to his efforts in class.

Most importantly, thanks to all of you, who made the extra special effort to find your way down to Triple Play Records at a time when getting around downtown Grand Junction is a challenge.

Folks came not only from Grand Junction but also from Montrose, Glenwood Springs, Durango, Moab and even the Mile High City to support Grand Junction’s oldest and only independent record store. For that we are truly thankful.

We can’t wait to do it again next year when we plan to make it an even bigger event.

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Rock Cesario owns Triple Play Records, 530 Main St., and hosts “Acoustic Sunday” from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday on Drive 105.3 FM. E-mail him at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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